am I a raving bigot to think that giving out free anti-HIV pills is not a very good idea?http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/anti- ... -1.3054235
Anti-HIV drug removes personal responsibility
PrEP promotes an attitude of play now, pay later among men who have sex with men
Currently in Ireland, PrEP can be obtained privately from some GPs at a cost of around €450 a month.
In London, the trend to buy the drug cheaper online has helped to make it more affordable, however, the high cost of PrEP remains prohibitive, making access a major issue as it must be taken every day in order to be fully effective.
It is clear that something needs to be done about the rise in the spread of HIV among the gay and bisexual male population in Ireland.
However, as someone who has been involved in education on this subject for the last 15 years, I believe the focus regarding long-term prevention should remain on taking responsibility for our personal behaviour when it comes to our sexual practices.
this is a contra to U*a M*llally's piece ssaying that http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/una-m ... -1.3050896
Una Mullally: Anti-HIV drug must be made availablehttp://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/provi ... -1.3051756
Providing Orkambi to CF sufferers will cost lives
Spend on high-tech drug could have more impact elsewhere in health service
Whenever the Government spends money on something it should improve people’s lives. From education to the justice system, building infrastructure to hiring doctors, governments need to make sure all of their policies do good. In an easier world, this would be the only requirement on governments when making a decision. However, unfortunately our resources are finite.
This leaves us in a situation where by spending our resources tackling one problem, we are in practice taking money away from somewhere else, and reducing one good in favour of another. So when government spends money on our behalf it should seek not only to do good, but to do the most good that is possible with every euro spent.