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Sex, PrEP and the moral backlash

A High Court decision on the funding of a drug that prevents HIV has been condemned for encouraging hedonistic behaviour by gay men. The row shows that the prejudice of the 1980s lingers on.
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A High Court decision on the funding of a drug that prevents HIV has been condemned for encouraging hedonistic behaviour by gay men. The row shows that the prejudice of the 1980s lingers on

The announcement this week that the National AIDS Trust had won its High Court challenge for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to be provided by NHS England has made the headlines.

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HIV/AIDS activists' argued successfully that costs for prevention as well as treatment of HIV lie within the remit of the national organisation. NHS England, which has said it will appeal the High Court’s decision, maintained that the costs of funding PrEP should be met by local authorities as part of their existing responsibilities for public health.

Inevitably, much was made in the media coverage that followed the decision about the costs of the treatment – £400 per person per

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