Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma

MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma

He said prevention efforts in Cayman include the availability of free condoms in all district health centers and pre-exposure prophylaxis antiretroviral medicines to people who are in partnership with HIV-positive individuals, along with behavior change intervention programs.

A British politician has been given a standing ovation in the House of Commons after revealing he has been HIV positive for 10 years.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle said that he received the diagnosis ten years ago and that it had hit him "like a wall". It has been a long journey from the fear of acceptance and today hopefully advocacy, knowing that my treatment keeps me healthy and protects any partner I may have.status does not define them.

"Please encourage your family and friends to get tested", Mr. Seymour said in his message.

He said: "We're extremely grateful to Lloyd, and his decision to use his platform to help us work toward zero HIV stigma and zero HIV transmissions in the UK".

The MP is believed to be the first to come out as HIV-positive on the floor of the House of Commons.

Russell-Moyle made a point in explaining how being HIV-undetectable means he is not able to transmit the virus.

He is only the second MP to announce he has the virus, with former Labour MP Chris Smith revealing his status in a newspaper interview in 2005. And I said, 'Actually, I don't think I'm ready to do this yet'.

World Aids Day is on December 1 and has been an annual day of awareness since 1988.

Public Health England (PHE) recorded a drastic fall in new diagnoses of HIV in the United Kingdom, with just 4,363 new cases diagnosed in 2017.

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