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Black women need to be part of the conversation about HIV and PrEP

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In an era of rising sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates, it is important to consider the preventative tools that can and should be used to reduce STIs and HIV acquisition.

There are four tools that we can all use to stop the transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus); consistent condom use, regular STI testing, HIV treatment and PrEP, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis.

PrEP, is a drug given to HIV negative people to reduce the risk of HIV. If taken as prescribed, PrEP is up to 100 per cent effective at stopping HIV transmission. But even in the face of clear evidence of PrEP being hugely beneficial to those who use it, access to the drug is still capped in England.

From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras.

The national PrEP Impact Trial, which includes 26,000 participants, is oversubscribed in many parts of the country, resulting in people being unable to access this game-changing drug.

In Wales, where there has been uncapped access to PrEP for nearly two years, there has not been one single HIV infection. We need to see the same access in England, particularly for communities who have an increased risk of HIV acquisition.

Working as a sexual health advisor for the NHS, I regularly see patients who take sexual risks, which increases their possibility of acquiring an........

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