British MP reveals he is HIV positive

Over 30 years ago in 1986 WHO first evaluated rapid diagnostic tests for HIV. During the intervening decades HIV testing services became widely available

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle tells House of Commons he is HIV positive

"The disease is still deeply misunderstood", said Russell-Moyle, leading a debate ahead of World Aids Day on Saturday. "HIV in this country is no longer the death sentence it once was.tombs of the 1980s", he said.

The Brighton Kemptown MP revealed his medical status on Thursday in a bid to break the stigma surrounding HIV and Aids.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Lloyd has shown enormous courage today". I know the whole Labour Party is proud of him.

He said he had chose to speak out to help others seek treatment and fight the stigma surrounding the disease.

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".

"It is so important for people living with HIV to be better represented across public and political spheres, and as a serving MP to be openly living with the virus, Lloyd is already impacting positive change".

The theme of this year's day is "Know your status".

According to the World Health Organization, 36.9 million people globally are living with HIV.

In addition, the Cayman Islands Red Cross continues its work in the community and schools, offering education on sex, sexuality, HIV testing and counseling, as well as condom distribution.

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