In a move that is billed as a Game Changer, Prep will be available on the NHS from September. Prep (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that users can take to disable HIV. In clinical trials it showed an 86% chance of reducing the risk of being infected. The drug will be given approximately 10,000 people across England in a three year trial costing £10m.
From next month, Sexual health clinics in London, Manchester, Brighton, Liverpool and Sheffield are expected to be the first to offer Prep to high-risk people. It will be available in the rest of the country from April 2018.