We were disappointed to hear that NHS England will not be commissioning pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the UK.
Research shows that this preventative measure dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission and therefore it seems counter-intuitive for the NHS not to make it widely available.
HIV is still a major health concern for men who have sex with men, as well as the population at large. But what is particularly concerning about this decision is that the UK's approach to sexual health for the LGBT population is already unequal.
Sex and relationship education (SRE) does not cover, as standard, safe sexual health practices in same-sex relationships, leaving this group particularly vulnerable. Lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) young people overwhelmingly tell us they are not receiving the information they need to make safe, informed choices about their wellbeing.
In light of the NHS announcement on PrEP, the need for greater preventative education is even more pressing and we are urging the government to update existing guidance on SRE lessons so that LGBT people stay safe, healthy and prepared for life in 21st century Britain.