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  • Today is the last day of NHS England's Consultation into PrEP - please do complete the 5-minute consultation using Terrence Higgins Trust's toolkit

    At the Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference, party members have voted overwhelmingly to support making Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) available on the NHS to those at high risk of HIV infection. PrEP is a medication that can be taken before possible exposure to HIV. Studies including PRoUD and IPERGAY have demonstrated significant protective benefit from taking PrEP both routinely and "on demand". The World Health Organisation has recommended use of PrEP alongside condoms and other existing HIV prevention methods.

    Article / Sep 23, 2016
  • Paul Scriven

    LibDem peer Paul Scriven has spoken out during a debate on HIV in the House of Lords to highlight the problems caused by the use of homophobic language by NHS doctors in the continuing debate on PrEP. Speaking on Monday night, he said:

    "Political leadership is needed because NHS England is taking a particularly aggressive and nasty approach on PrEP and in the arguments for why it cannot be used. A statement by Dr Jonathan Fielden on 2 August, on the day of the judgment-he is the deputy medical director of NHS England and the director of specialised commissioning-was at best unfortunate and at worst showed institutionalised homophobic language by NHS England... He went on to compare it with not being able to afford treatment for children with cystic fibrosis or children who do not have limbs. That is clearly an attempt to put it into the public mind that there are deserving and non-deserving people with regard to specialised commissioning, which is not the kind of approach or language we would expect from our National Health Service."

    Article / Sep 7, 2016
  • Baroness Hussein-Ece and Adrian Trett

    Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett and the first openly HIV+ parliamentary candidate said, "I welcome the new bespoke travel Insurance launched by Emerald Life for the LGBT community and will be advocating their work, and watching with interest as they progress, especially encouraging fellow community members to use their services. It's about time insurers addressed our specific needs as a minority community.

    Article / Aug 4, 2016
  • A hand holding a pill labelled PrEP - Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV / AIDS

    Today in The High Court a superb judgment was made on the National AIDS Trust request that NHS England should be able to commission Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of the arsenal to prevent new HIV infections. The judges found in favour of the Trust, and therefore the campaign to get NHS England to supply PrEP on the NHS can continue. However, NHS England have confirmed that they will appeal the judgement.

    Article / Aug 2, 2016
  • Chesterfield Pride 2016 Human Rights Campaign, Banner and Leaflets

    Local Lib Dems will be out with Pride this weekend across England, supporting their LGBT+ communities at Pride events. You're welcome to join us to show support, and take part in our Human Rights campaign. Details are as follows; details for Brighton Pride, and our Manchester Pride parade with Baroness Lynne Featherstone, will be published soon.

    Article / Jul 27, 2016
  • [Editor's note: This page is a work in progress and will be updated]

    After the horrendous events in Orlando, Chair Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett says "Our hearts and deepest thoughts will be with all those connected to the tragedy in Orlando yesterday, and therefore I urge everyone from all communities to come and support the various vigils around the United Kingdom today to show our support to our siblings in Orlando, who at this awful time will need our never ending support and love from both LGBT+ and cis/straight ally communities."

    Article / Jun 13, 2016
  • Baroness Liz Barker and other Parliamentarians mark IDAHOBIT 2016

    On Tuesday 17th May, we as a international community recognise that people facing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic discrimination and harassment wherever it exists is not acceptable and has to be fought against in every possible way.

    It is something we should be challenging every day of the year. The consequences to individuals are life-threatening, whether that's execution or imprisonment in 78 countries across the world, or the pervasive grind of bullying in the classroom, workplace or sports field. We must remove discrimination to enable people to lead their lives to be free, loved and respected whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Article / May 17, 2016
  • North West Liberal Democrats logo

    At its recent regional conference, North West Lib Dems passed policy in support of the provision of PrEP both locally and nationally.

    The conference sets policy for the Lib Dems in the North West, including Greater Manchester and Merseyside which have or soon will have devolved powers over health and social care. LGBT+ Lib Dems vice-chair Dave Page, who is from the North-West and proposed the motion, said "The Liberal Democrats are leading the fight for evidence-based access to PrEP at every level where there is political influence over health and social care.

    Article / Apr 19, 2016
  • Welsh Lib Dems 2016 LGBT+ manifesto graphic
    In Welsh Liberal Democrats website

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have pledged to "deliver a Wales that works for you, regardless of your sexuality or gender" as they launch a range of policies for LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people in Wales.

    Click here to read the manifesto in full.

    The policies include:

    • Improving sex and relationships education, and embedding gender and sexuality awareness training in teacher training courses
    • Establishing a Gender Identity Clinic in Wales
    • Creating publically-funded LGBT+ safe housing
    • Ensuring parity of esteem between mental and physical health in the NHS, as mental ill health disproportionately affects LGBT+ people
    • Making PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) medication available to men who have sex with men and others at high risk of contracting HIV
    • Extending the HPV vaccination programme to cover adolescent boys
    Article / Apr 18, 2016
  • Baroness Hussein-Ece and Adrian Trett

    Following a reception in the House of Commons Tuesday 1 March 2016 evening, hosted by Sarah Campion MP, to speak to members of the Board of Trustees for Broken Rainbow, LGBT+ Lib Dems can report the good news that funding of the UK's only national LGBT domestic abuse charity Broken Rainbow will be extended until 2016/2017. This follows a question asked by our Equalities spokesperson, Baroness Hussein-Ece in the House of Lords.

    Article / Mar 3, 2016

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