This morning there was a heated argument on the radio ,about the drug which acts as a prevention against sexual transmission of AIDS or HIV.
The NHS is allowing the trails ,and if successful it will be given to those who are exposed to the infection by having un protected sex.
Before anyone screams that we shouldn’t be pandering to the Homosexuals ,please remember that the NHS already provides similar drugs for the Heterosexuals too.
The female pill for example ,costs a lot to the NHS,but it has been dispensed freely for years now, and when you think about it, women use it so they can have un protected sex, they do not wish to use condoms, and it comes to the same thing, if some in the Gay community do not wish to use condoms, then this drug will protect them from infection, whereas the pill protects a woman from un wanted pregnancy if she wishes to have unprotected sex.
Schools these days offer vaccination against HPV virus to young girls, which protects them against human papilloma virus when the girls become sexually active.
So it will be wrong to say ,the NHS is purely appeasing the Gay community. This drug is available to heterosexuals too if they so wish.
But, and this is a Big But! This weekend most parts of the country didn’t have intensive care beds in the children’s units. Especially London , most hospitals have to close their doors to emergency admissions of children for lack of these beds.
Beds are closed when there is not enough staff/resources to care for a certain need. Intensive care requires highly skilled staff, with the ratio of one to one. I have been an intensive /coronary care nurse, and have found it to be very demanding but a very satisfying and rewarding role.
I do accept that prevention is always better than cure, and this drug in the long run will hopefully prevent people getting infected with HIV, but is this the right time?
In my opinion it is not, I feel it is a travesty that we cant care for very seriously ill children in some parts of the country, I feel this should be our priority ,and prevention should come later.
Wonder what everyone else feels?