MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma

Leslie Hanson
December 6, 2018

In what was described as his "Diana moment", the Brighton Kemptown MP said: "Next year I'll be marking an anniversary of my own: 10 years since I became HIV positive".

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has "done everybody a service" by disclosing his HIV status, a charity has said.

The symptoms of HIV are always the same - The symptoms of HIV can differ from person-to-person and some people may not get any symptoms at all, which is why it's so important to get tested and know your status.

He said 95 percent of the number are now on treatment through donor agencies and the U.S. government; adding that the Nigerian government was treating additional 60,000 people in Abia and Taraba states.

Throughout the week we have been provided an opportunity to realise that HIV can be prevented and HIV can be treated so let's all take that first step towards making Pakistan HIV free as responsible citizens of this great country, he said.

In Britain, a lawmaker has revealed he is HIV positive during an emotional speech to Parliament to mark World Aids Day.

"As far as government is concerned, we look after everybody who has tested positive for HIV irrespective of whether you reside in the rural or urban area".

Away from the Commons chamber, Mr Russell-Moyle explained he had a "duty" as an MP to speak out and could not "keep quiet anymore" about an issue which affects him "so personally".

"It is one of the scientific miracles or medical miracles that we have achieved in the last 20 years".

"These men's HIV statuses were entirely avoidable".

"Those 1980s campaigns play heavy in a lot of people's minds that this is some sort of death sentence, and so immediately you are facing a wall of hatred but it's a wall of fear and worry".

The UNSW research also shows the persistence of stigma toward people most likely to be exposed to HIV.

Total Control of the Epidemic, Humana People to Peoples HIV & AIDS programme, is centered on the idea that “Only the people can liberate themselves from AIDS the epidemic.” Since 2000, TCE have reached over 20 million people across 12 countries in Africa and Asia, connecting them with the information, services and support they need to live healthy and positive lives.

"There is also the discrimination around how sexual partners might view you and do view you and how employees view you".

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