We’ve reported before on the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) deciding not to fund PrEP, and what a baffling, downright stupid decision that is. Luckily, we’re not alone in thinking it’s a mistake — the High Court of England agrees. Unfortunately, this doesn’t override the NHS decision, and the NHS is planning to appeal. But presumably the appeals court will say the same thing — seriously, the NHS not funding PrEP is wacky. That and more in our look at health news from around the world!
- A new Cambodian study found that trans women have ‘alarmingly’ high rates of HIV and very poor access to care as local NGOs don’t specifically reach out to them. And in China, HIV-positive gay men are often unable to find resources or counseling services and many turn to online forums for support.
- A new study of sub-Saharan Africa evaluated how to reach and provide HIV prevention services to men who have sex with men in Lesotho, Swaziland, and Malawi. The study concluded that respondent-driven sampling is a ‘promising method’ to identify gaps in information and services in order to reach this underserved community.
- The High Court of England ruled that the National Health Service should fund PrEP drugs, saying that health officials had “erred” in declaring it was not the responsibility of the NHS.
- A new UK report found that cases of syphilis increased by 163% in London over the last five years. Health officials warn that gay men are disproportionately affected, accounting for 90% of new diagnoses in 2015.
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