Sinn Féin spokesperson for LGBTQI Rights Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed today’s announcement by HIQA that they are starting a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) programme to be rolled out in 2019.

Senator Warfield said:

“It is encouraging to see that such forthright moves are being made toward the availability of PrEP in Ireland.

“The response to rising HIV rates in recent years has not had an effect in bringing down transmission rates. Therefore, a programme in which PrEP is accessible to those at risk of HIV is urgently required.

“I look forward to seeing the results of this assessment. A PrEP programme must also address under resourced testing services.”