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NHS England’s – and as a consequence, the Government’s – refusal to commission Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is as short-sighted as it is stupid. Around seventeen people in the UK are newly diagnosed with HIV every single day, and we have available to us a drug, Truvada, which has been shown to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by between 90 and 99 per cent. In a large international study, those gay men that took at least four doses a week saw 96 per cent fewer infections. A UK study saw a figure of around 86 per cent. Whichever figure you […]
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Yesterday, new regulations came into force that prohibit smoking in cars where children are present. This is a landmark moment in the fight for better public health. The new regulations only came about because of a marathon effort from my predecessor as Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, Luciana Berger, our health spokesperson in the House of Lords, Philip Hunt and the great work of the British Lung Foundation. The Lords is where Labour forced a vote last year to give the Health Secretary the power to ban smoking in cars with children. Following this demonstration of Parliamentary opinion, Ministers tabled […]
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