A significant rise in new cases of HIV infection in Nova Scotia has the New Democrats and health-care advocates urging the Liberal government to provide universal access to a drug they say can eradicate the virus.
“We believe anyone who needs this medication should be able to access it free of charge,” Tammy Martin, the MLA for Cape Breton Centre and the New Democrat health spokeswoman, said at a Province House news conference Wednesday to advocate for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication.
|Matt Numer, right, assistant professor of health promotion at Dalhousie University, calls on the provincial government to provide universal access to PrEP, a medication that can prevent transmission of HIV, at a news conference at Province House on Wednesday. NDP MLA Tammy Martin and Kirk Furlotte, regional manager for the Community-Based Research Centre, also spoke at the news conference. - Ryan Taplin|