Publicado: Пт, Ноября 30, 2018
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MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma

Lloyd Russell-Moyle is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS, which works within Parliament on a cross-party basis to further the cause of HIV prevention and treatment.

The 32-year-old, who is the Member for Brighton Kemptown, wanted his statement to help tackle the stigma around HIV and Aids and inform people that advances in treatment meant he lives a totally unaffected life with the virus.

Next year I will be marking an anniversary of my own - 10 years since I became HIV positive.

He told the Commons "I am an HIV-positive man", but as he had been taking medication for many years he was "undetectable" and can't pass it on.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has revealed that he is HIV positive in the House of Commons.

"[I hope] that my story might encourage others to get tested and ultimately begin their treatment earlier on".

"Those who have HIV or who have recently been diagnosed should know that they are free to pursue every aspect of public life without hindrance".

Mr Russell-Moyle was afforded a rare round of applause in the Commons following his speech, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised his "bravery".

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"It is so important for people living with HIV to be better represented across public and political spheres, and as a serving MP to be openly living with the virus, Lloyd is already impacting positive change".

"In two days time, on World AIDS day, I will stand with my community to mourn the losses of those who have died of AIDS".

Ian Green, chief executive officer of the charity the Terrence Higgins Trust CEO, thanked Russell-Moyle for speaking out.

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

Former Labour cabinet minister.

He said: "One of the things that happened was the Sunday Times found out and they were going to run a story and I talked with the editor". And I said, 'Actually, I don't think I'm ready to do this yet'.

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. He also said that he wanted to bring awareness that the world is on the cusp of eradicating HIV "but we are at a fault in the road" with cuts to public health threatening a universal roll-out of PrEP, the pill that prevents HIV.

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