Lloyd Russell-Moyle: MP tells the Commons he has HIV


Mr Russell-Moyle described how HIV is "still deeply misunderstood" and "etched into much of the public's memory as a death sentence".

Russell-Moyle, the MP for Brighton Kemptown since the 2017 election, told the Commons he had been HIV positive for 10 years, since he was 22. I know the whole Labour Party is proud of him.

He said he had made a decision to speak out to help others to seek treatment, fight the stigma surrounding the disease, and because this Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of World AIDS day. We reaffirm every HIV positive person's right to life-saving treatment immediately upon knowing your status.

"His dignity and hope will inspire people across the country and around the world - those with HIV, and also those of us who will always stand together with them".

"We are anxious about treatment not being available as regular as it should. This World Aids Day I will be proud to wear the red ribbon in solidarity and respect".

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"My name. might appear in tomorrow's newspapers as a result of course of being the first MP to declare themselves HIV positive in this chamber", he said.

He's the only current Member of Parliament to reveal he has the virus.

A British MP has become the first sitting member to disclose he is HIV positive to the United Kingdom parliament.

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'.

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. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate the success of this pioneering global-health campaign and initiatives in place all over the world to tackle the AIDS epidemic.