A breakthrough treatment which dramatically reduces the risk of HIV is being made available on prescription in Ireland from today.
Campaigners had been calling for months for the HSE to bring the drug known as PrEP to Ireland. While the health authority hasn't moved to make the drug available on the GMS or Drug Payment scheme, a much cheaper generic version is available in Irish pharmacies.
PrEP has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of HIV infection through sex, particularly for those deemed at risk, such as gay and bisexual men, and transgender women, but also for straight men and women.
It doesn't prevent STIs or cure HIV but it reduces the risk of spreading / contracting the disease by 86%.
There were 500 new cases recorded in Ireland in 2016 and another 451 have been diagnosed so far this year.