Funding Secured For Pilot HIV Prevention Programme

Funding has been allocated for the rollout of a HIV prevention pilot programme across Northern Ireland.

The project is set to receive £450,000 from the Department of Health's £100 million Transformation Fund.

Welcoming the news, Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA said: "News that additional services are in the process of being set up following this announcement will come as a welcome relief to many, after the lack of an Assembly has seen Northern Ireland consistently left behind when it comes to HIV prevention and care.
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"This has been a long time coming. In December 2016 through an amendment made to the HIV strategy I secured an agreement from the then Health Minister that Northern Ireland would be part of a trial rollout of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) mediation - but this never happened, instead we had to watch while Scotland and England moved ahead with this.

"I hope to see these new clinics fully functional within a few weeks, but I want to also recognise that PrEP is not a replacement for condoms - it is not 100 per cent affective, would not prevent the transmission of sexually-transmitted infections or crisis pregnancies - but it can and should form part of a 'belt and braces' approach to addressing this serious sexual health matter."


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