The Sussex Beacon supports the European PrEP now Campaign

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the new component of HIV prevention programmes that plays a key role in the preventing transmission of HIV. PrEP is for HIV negative people and involves taking part of a treatment regimen (typically a medicine called Truvada) to stop them contracting HIV. Truvada has been licensed and recommended for people at risk of HIV in the United States since July 2012 but we still don’t have this in Europe. The European campaign has today sent a letter to Gilead Sciences calling for them to reduce the price of Truvada. The letter has been signed by a number of organisations across Europe and Russia.

Simon DoweSimon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon says:

“Ensuring that people have access to PrEP is essential to stopping the spread of HIV.  Year on year we have seen an increase in the number of people living with HIV highlighting the need for effective prevention strategies.  PrEP has been proven to be effective and must be funded in the UK and Europe and that is why I have added my signature to the letter.”

The letter calls for Gilead Sciences to take action

The PrEP now campaign is calling for Gilead Sciences the company that makes the drug Truvada to reduce the price of the drug so that this vital medicine is available to people at risk of becoming infected with HIV in the UK and Europe. PrEP provides near perfect protection when taken during periods of risk – adding this to the prevention package has had a dramatic impact on HIV rates in San Francisco.

Jason Warriner, Lead Nurse at The Sussex Beacon said:Jason quote image

“Signing the letter has contributed to the call to action highlighting that PrEP should be accessible to all those at risk of HIV.  Research has shown that is effective method of prevention.”

The Sussex Beacon remains committed to supporting people living with HIV and responding to their changing needs.

You can view the full version of the letter here.

Local HIV charity plant red tulips to mark World Aids Day

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Chris Sarson, smiling 2Local business owners and individual supporters of The Sussex Beacon, planted red tulip bulbs in the shape of a red ribbon to mark World Aids Day on Tuesday 1 December 2015. When they bloom, the tulips will form a large red ribbon in the garden of The Sussex Beacon. The red ribbon is a universal symbol of hope and solidarity for people living with HIV.Gavin Graimes, planting 3

The supporters who planted the bulbs had all recently paid for either an hour of care, or the cost a nurse for a week, at The Sussex Beacon. The Sussex Beacon is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and it costs £192 to run all the centre’s services for one hour.

Those who attended included Oliver and Graimes’ Managing Director, Gavin Graimes, Co-operative Funeralcare Director, Chris Sarson, and McKenzie Associates Managing Director, Lukasz Wojcik.

Simon DoweSimon Dowe, CEO at The Sussex Beacon, said:

“HIV is a serious, life-long condition with no cure. At The Sussex Beacon, we support people living with HIV to lead independent and healthy lives. Without the support of our local community, this work would not be possible.”

Also in attendance at the event were representatives from the event and entertainment production company E3 Group. E3 Group work very closely with The Sussex Beacon to produce their annual Halloween Horror Show, plans for which are already being hatched for 2016. In order to guarantee yourself a ticket for 2016 please contact The Sussex Beacon for more details.

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