Terence Kernaghan, London MPP, released the following statement on World AIDS Day:
“Today, on World AIDS Day, I join the global community in rallying around people living with HIV and AIDS, including more than 30,000 Ontarians. This number continues to grow — especially among LGBTQ+, racialized and vulnerable groups — despite dramatic improvements in treatment and prevention options.
PrEP is a medication that can save lives by lowering the rate of HIV infection. But we know that one in four Ontarians isn’t filling their prescription medications because they can’t afford them. That's why the I believe in universal pharmacare — a drug plan that covers everyone — and that’s why I support a plan that includes full coverage for PrEP.
Ontario must finally join the seven provinces that fully cover this life-saving HIV-prevention treatment. No one should have to go without the medication they need because of cost, and no one should be less safe or less healthy because of the price of protection.”