Wefan Gymraeg

Introduce HIV prevention drug PrEP for Welsh patients, say Welsh Lib Dems

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will mark World AIDS Day by reiterating calls for HIV prevention drug PrEP to be offered on the Welsh NHS.

Data for the first six months of 2016 show falls in rates of sexually-transmitted infections compared to the same period for 2014. Numbers of new diagnoses of HIV decreased by 50% within the same period.

Welsh Liberal Democrats have previously called for HIV prevention drug PrEP to be available on the Welsh NHS to further reduce the number of HIV diagnosis.

Equalities Spokesperson Cadan ap Tomos said;

“I welcome these figures and the announcement that Public Health Wales will conduct a review of sexual health services in Wales.

“Figures on a Local Health Board level suggest that there is a varied decrease in the rates of diagnosis, and we must ensure that individuals at high risk of contracting HIV in rural communities are not left without decent services.

“In 2015 168 people were diagnosed with HIV in Wales. A drug exists, which has been clinically proven to be effective in preventing infection, but has still not been made available on the NHS.

“The Health Minister must now take the bold step and introduce HIV prevention drug PrEP available to Welsh patients.”

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