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HIV Infection: Drugs

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 223523, tabled on 19 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government's commitment to double the number of places available for men on the PrEP Impact Trial will be rolled out at the Whitegate Health Centre in Blackpool.

Answered on

27 February 2019

The HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact trial that began in October 2017 was funded by NHS England to recruit 10,000 participants over a three-year study period. In 2018, the allocation of places was increased to 13,000 to take account of a surge in people taking part. On 30 January, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced that the PrEP Impact trial would be expanded to 26,000 places. Work is underway with partners to take this forward. The PrEP Oversight Board has requested information on local capacity to make the additional places available and will review this shortly. After assessing their capacity to utilise any extra places, investigators in each site, including those in Blackpool, can request additional trial places.