Monday, May 15, 2017

'The Truth About HIV' to Feature Elton

Sir Elton John has waded into the row over the availability of a drug that helps prevent HIV infection.

The Truvada tablets, taken daily to suppress the virus, are on release in Scotland but not yet on the NHS in England or Wales.

They cost a fraction of the £380,000 lifetime bill for treating a sufferer.

Speaking in a BBC documentary on HIV, AIDS campaigner Sir Elton said: “It doesn’t make any sense not to put it out there. It’s an economic no-brainer.”

The NHS lost a court battle last year forcing it to make the drug available but is currently running a three-year clinical trial. It currently costs £355.73 a month but experts say it could eventually cost £39.

The Truth About HIV is on BBC1 on May 25.

A recent study published in the Lancet medical journal found that life expectancy for young adults who are HIV positive and take antiretroviral drugs has risen by 10 years in the United States and Europe.

Antiretroviral drugs involve the combination of three or more drugs that help prevent and repair damage to the immune system.

- Mirror

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