The Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrats welcome the good news that 386 Welsh NHS patients at high-risk of contracting HIV have accessed the preventative Truvada® PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drug since July 2017. PrEP became available in Wales through a three-year monitoring study, after dogged campaigning from the Welsh Liberal Democrats.
However, safe sex and early testing remain essential to successfully preventing and treating HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Watch this powerful video from CNN with Anderson Cooper and Andrew Sullivan discussing the AIDS epidemic and PrEP:
Under 25s in Powys can access a 'Condom Card Scheme' run by Youth Services, School Nurses and other youth organisations. More information about the scheme can be found here: http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/youth-services/get-help-with-contraception-and-sexual-health/
Anyone can access contraception, testing, information, advice and support at their nearest GUM clinic. To find your local clinic, search here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/59429
Click here for information about the symptoms, testing and treatment of HIV/AIDS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hiv-and-aids/