We are delighted to share that the long journey to rollout has come to an end following the announcement that provision of PrEP as a national programme is commencing.
There is now nothing standing in the way of this HIV game changer becoming a reality. It’s great that PrEP is now going to be widely available free-of-charge at sexual health clinics such as iCaSH.
However, we also know that such clinics are used disproportionately less by women, trans people and people of colour. We will be working hard to reach out to, and engage with, all groups affected by HIV to ensure they know about PrEP and how to access it.
Sexual Health services delivered by iCaSH across the East of England are looking at implementing routine provision of PrEP now that funding is available. This is happening alongside the recovery of service provision in response to COVID-19 and the continued limitations of service delivery, particularly face-to-face appointments, which is ongoing and unfortunately impacts on our capacity to see patients.
We anticipate that a phased opening of appointments for new registrations for PrEP will commence in November, but are encouraging patients who are interested in accessing it to contact us now on 0300 300 3030, to register your details. We will then contact you with a date inviting you to an initiation appointment.
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Head of Integrated Contraception & Sexual Health
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust