PrEP announcement welcome but cost leaves it out of reach for most users – Senator Fintan Warfield
Sinn Féin spokesperson for LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed the announcement today that generic versions of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be made available through Irish pharmacies from Monday.
However, Senator Warfield warned that a possible €100 per month price-tag is too costly for most potential users.
Senator Warfield said;
“On World AIDS Day, the global community reflects on and evaluates its fight to eradicate HIV and AIDS. In this state, we are bucking the trend of our European counterparts as the annual transmission rates are continually rising with 2017 set to become the highest on record.
“PrEP provides near-100% protection from HIV and this announcement today will no doubt protect some from transmitting HIV and is a step forward in providing accessible contraception for many MSM and others. €100 a month for contraception however is simply too expensive for a vast majority.
“The generic versions of PrEP need to be assessed for HSE reimbursement without delay. Furthermore on World AIDS Day, I’m calling on the Minister for Health to evaluate the state’s responses to its embarrassingly high HIV rates with due regard given to inclusive sex education, access to regular testing, clinical support for PrEP and reducing the stigma.