The Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced an all-Wales study to provide the drug Truvada® to all those who would benefit from the preventative treatment.
The announcement follows the decision on Truvada® by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. The study will run for at least three years and will begin this summer.
Vaughan Gething said:
“There is no doubt that Truvada® reduces rates of HIV infection when taken correctly and supported by wider, preventative sexual health services can help to reduce overall HIV transmission and infection rates. This is the advice of the World Health Organisation.
“The study that I have announced will mean that all those for whom the drug is clinically appropriate can access it.
“The study will help us to learn how best to provide the preventative treatment to reduce risks of HIV transmission in Wales and answer some of the questions raised by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group around incidence rates.
“The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group is a highly regarded, independent expert group. I acknowledge their advice that there are uncertainties regarding cost-effectiveness and that they have not recommended the drug for routine use within NHS Wales at this time.
“I am asking Public Health Wales and the HIV Expert Group to work together to deliver the study.”