British MP reveals HIV positive status ahead of World AIDS Day

Lloyd Russell Moyle said the shadow cabinet and fellow MPs had been very supportive

Lloyd Russell Moyle said the shadow cabinet and fellow MPs had been very supportive

The findings, released on World AIDS Day, reveal that 74 per cent of the nearly 200 people surveyed said they'd experienced stigma or discrimination in the previous year. In 2017, three quarters of people living with HIV knew their HIV status and 21.7 million people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral 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.

A British lawmaker revealed he was HIV positive during an emotional speech to parliament on Thursday to mark the upcoming World AIDS day.

According to UNAIDS - United Nations AIDS department - around the world, 37 million people are living with HIV, the highest number ever, yet a quarter do not know that they have the virus.

HIV preventive and treatment services have been scaled up to more than 90 percent of health facilities across the country, figures of Rwanda Biomedical Center showed. Professor Strathdee says people who are hungry or need shelter are more concerned about their immediate needs than they are about HIV.

In his speech, the MP read quotes from people who described people as "fags getting what they deserve", calling out those who "weaponise HIV to attack LGBT people" and perpetuate LGBT stigma.

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At the ceremony, condoms and other HIV preventive materials were freely distributed to participants and hundreds of people voluntarily participated in HIV testing.

New HIV infections are rising in 50 countries worldwide and globally, new HIV infections have declined by just 18% in the past seven years.

"One of the great successes of Australia's community-led HIV response has been the mobilisation of those most affected, to mount highly effective treatment and prevention programs", said Professor Carla Treloar, Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health.

In addition, Baeten says testing and treatment have to be available to everyone.

In Mozambique, Index Case Tracking has seen 38,612 sexual partners tested for HIV of whom 13,154 tested HIV positive in the year 2017.

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