UK government cuts HIV PrEP budget in England by a third

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base

On 3 July 2020, the UK government cut the budget for HIV PrEP in England by £5 million to £11 million, projected to cover three years.

This was three months after PrEP was finally approved by NHS England with a (limited) budget of £16 million. [1, 2]

Although several community groups have further protested this cut the government response has not yet been publicised. [3]


PrEP is one of the most effective ways to prevent continued HIV transmission.

Even though generic PrEP is widely used by people buying PrEP themselves, continued further obstructions will effect the most vulnerable people in the UK who are unable to do this. 


  1. PrEP recommended by NHS England (at last). HTB (17 April 2020).
  2. HIV drug PrEP to be available across England. (15 March 2020).
  3. NAT. statement: government intend to cut PrEP funding by a third in England. (3 July 2020).

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