Labour MP reveals he is HIV positive in Commons

Labour MP reveals he is HIV positive in Commons

The latest Public Health England data shows there were 13 new HIV diagnoses per 100,000 people aged 15 and over in Blackpool in 2017.

1, and San Antonio is marking the one year anniversary of its participation in an worldwide program to get people tested, diagnosed, and treated for the disease.

Mr Russell-Moyle, 32, who represents Brighton Kemptown, said: "You walk out of that room and, even with all the greatest support and advice that they offer, you feel totally numb".

This year's World AIDS Day theme, "Know your status", focusses on the importance of HIV testing as a gateway to HIV prevention and treatment.

He added: "I hope that my coming out serves to defy the stigma around the disease".

Bruce Broughton, a Navy Veteran from Bloomington, has lived with HIV for 28 years, and he's feeling healthy.

The new research is part of an overall project tracking social stigma among populations including people living with HIV, men who have sex with men, injectable-drug users and people who engage in sex work.

Dwayne Seymour minister of health
Dwayne Seymour minister of health

"These men's HIV statuses were entirely avoidable. This World Aids Day I will be proud to wear the red ribbon in solidarity and respect".

Mr Russell-Moyle is the second MP to ever announce he has HIV as a member of parliament, but the first to make the revelation while speaking in the Commons.

To reach our goal of ending AIDS by 2030, let's commit to stepping up efforts to address health inequities and promote universal access to HIV and health services that leave no-one behind. Former Labour cabinet minister Chris Smith revealed his status in 2005. "You have a million things running through your mind and, at the same time, a sense of absolute nothingness".

The World AIDS Day hashtag on Weibo features pictures of HIV patients (or people playing patients) asking for hugs, medical staff making classroom visits, and young volunteers collecting saliva for testing. According to HIV organisation Terrence Higgins Trust, "this means the levels of HIV are so low that the virus can not be passed on".

The ceremony marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day.

He pledged to expand HIV testing around the country, and to introduce Ireland's first PrEP programme next year.

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