NHS to offer bi-monthly injections to people living with HIV
A new treatment has been approved for people living with HIV in the UK which would mean they would receive a long acting injection instead of the daily pill, if they so choose.
The treatment would only be available for people who were already undetectable by using tablets but it would mean that instead of a daily pill, they would only need 6 treatments a year.
Alex Sparrowhawk, from Manchester, works for the Terrence Higgins Trust was diagnosed with HIV 12 years ago and says having a different treatment option available was exciting. He said: “This news is something a lot of people have been waiting for. The idea of having an injections six times in a year rather than taking daily medication certainly has some appeal. Remembering to take tablets each day is a constant reminder of HIV and it puts it front and centre. There is no getting away from it.”
Alex continued, telling the BBC: “Some people might live with other people who do not know their HIV status or have to work shifts or work in an industry that takes them around the world, making it more challenging to take daily medication.”
President of the European Aids Clinical Society, Dr Sanjay Bhagani said: “This is very welcome indeed. Stigma remains a significant issue in the HIV community, and taking tablets every day may be difficult for some people. This offers an injectable alternative for many people. The data and studies underpinning this recommendation are solid, and real-world experience suggests that patients that start injectable treatments prefer to stay on them.”
The NHS have come on in leaps and bounds in the treatment of HIV in the UK. The fact you can get pRep and the introduction of these new injections means we are a step closer to eradicating the disease.