Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle tells House of Commons he is HIV positive
06 December, 2018, 15:12
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has become the second parliamentarian to announce he is HIV positive, using a speech ahead of World Aids Day to say he wanted to tackle the stigma still associated with the condition.
"We now have the tools to end HIV transmission here in the United Kingdom - a combination of regular testing, PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis medication], condoms and treatment as prevention - and it's vital we continue to ensure people are aware of those tools, know how and are able to access them", said THT chief executive Ian Green.
"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.
Adebayo while lamenting low rate of HIV testing, disclosed that only 22 million out of over 37 million people now affected are undergoing treatment.
In 2017, 25% of those 36.9 million people living with HIV didn't know their status.
He continued: "I am leading this debate today because we are in many ways at a juncture in the fight against HIV and Aids".
Without treatment, the virus will get worse over time and damage your immune system, but there are three stages of HIV infection with different possible effects.
He said stigma and discrimination are still holding people back, especially key populations - including gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgenders, people who inject drugs, prisoners and migrants - and young women and adolescent girls.
"You are our constituency, you are our people and we are here to support you", he said.
He's told the crowd he's happy that young people have finally taken up the challenge of speaking up and fighting the HIV epidemic.
MTV Staying Alive believes in the power of young people to create the change we want to see.
"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", Mr Corbyn added in a statement. Pence says it now treats more than 14.6 million people.
We're also making a marked difference.
That's a lot of condoms.
"It is one of the scientific miracles or medical miracles that we have achieved in the last 20 years".