Malta is looking to address the accessibility issues that surround the HIV preventative drug PEP, which was a point raised during a recent meeting between government representatives and the LGBT Consultative Council.
The Council met with Prime Minister Robert Abela and Parliamentary Secretary for Equality and Reforms Rosianne Cutajar to discuss issues pertaining to the community, including that of sexual health.
Cutajar told Lovin Malta that she mentioned future plans for the advancement of preventative and treatment in terms of sexual health, including lobbying for better treatment for HIV-positive patients.
Upon the subject of PEP, the HIV preventative drug, there was talk of measures to increase its accessibility, with Malta’s small size being the major factor fueling the medicine’s high price tag.
Cutajar said the government is looking into cooperating with other countries so as to push the price of PEP down in Malta.
Nationwide sexual education campaigns were also discussed.
Cynthia Chircop, who represented the LGBT Council took the opportunity to discuss positive legislative milestones from 2013, including civil unions, equal marriage, prohibition of intervention of intersex people, the ban of conversion therapy and welcomes future steps for progress.