When a High Court ruled that the drug described as a "game-changer" in the fight against HIV can legally be funded by the NHS a Twitter storm erupted.
NHS England said it had received advice that it does not have the legal power to fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a "highly effective" drug used to prevent HIV from becoming established in the event of transmission, but the High Court ruled in favour of the National AIDS Trust which argued that it did have such power.
Some Twitter users celebrated, whilst others were against the decision - some users said it wasn't the NHS' job to fund the drug because it's the responsibility of individuals to take their own health precautions.
-- e ford (@4d82) August 2, 2016
Others made some pretty controversial comments.
Outrageous that NHS will be funding #PrEP. Time to privatise the system. I don't pay taxes to enable gay men to lead hedonist lifestyles
-- Donna Rachel (@Donna_R_E) August 2, 2016
You always get them, the people that go off that very topic. #PrEP is about gay men having sex with other men, nothing else.
-- Matthew Speaks (@matthew_speaks) August 2, 2016
When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by more than 90% - a fact Twitter users were keen to point out.
Why is it even being debated as to whether the nhs should fund the new hiv preventative drug like it's over 90% effective????
-- Megan (@MeganCrocker96) August 2, 2016
Users also fought against the homophobia that they saw on their timelines.
It makes me sad that discussions about potentially life-saving medication descend so quickly into casual homophobia. #PrEP
-- Darren Scott (@darren_scott) August 2, 2016
People saying #PrEP shouldn't be funded by nhs because it's not their 'responsibility' but will fund lung cancer treatment for smokers?
-- josh (@QueefKween) August 2, 2016
#PrEP y'all homophobes do realize straight people get HIV too right? Or y'all just that damn stupid.
-- emilyee(V) (@etherealemilyee) August 2, 2016
Expect the argument to rage on - NHS England have said they will appeal the decision.