Cheers mate! We’ll take our health in our own hands.” With a cheer­fully cheeky slogan, last week a new group of PrEP act­iv­ists intro­duced them­selves. These ‘Dutch act­iv­ist health pro­fes­sion­als’ go by the some­what mil­it­ant name PrEP Tac­tical Unit (PTU).

Besides our com­munity effort PrEPnu, there is now also a group of con­cerned act­iv­ists from within the public health sector.

A spokes­per­son for the group, insist­ing on staying anonym­ous, let us know how four health care workers came to their ini­ti­at­ive: ‘Every week one of us has to face a new HIV patient, who would have wanted to have access to PrEP. The gov­ern­ment has let them down. As long as the gov­ern­ment won’t provide PrEP, we encour­age people to take their own respons­ib­il­ity. We tell them how they can do that, where they can go and the health pre­cau­tions they should exer­cise.’

On their website PTU.nu the group informs and advises people who decide to start taking PrEP autonom­ously. PTU is also active on Twitter.

Please don’t forget to sign the PrEPnu Peti­tion for afford­able legal PrEP in the Neth­er­lands

Last updated 03/01/2017