Monday 28 September, 2020

Family Planning wants citizens to have access to HIV drug

The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT) is calling for the Ministry of Health to allow the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEp) to be available in T&T. 

PrEp is a drug that involves the use of anti-HIV medication. It keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected.  

In a media release, FPATT says susceptible patients should have complete access to the service. “it is extremely critical that the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago can access the medicines they need, when and where they need them. FPATT therefore calls for full access to comprehensive PrEP services for those for whom it is appropriate and desired, along with support for medication adherence for those using PrEP,” they said. 

They were responding to Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh’s claim that the availability of the drug would encourage “risky behaviors”. 

Calling the view ‘myopic’ FPATT says Deyalsingh’s statements encourage the stigma attached to HIV. 

The Association believes the incorporation of services like PrEp, is important to the achievement of universal health care. 

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