Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle Reveals He Is HIV Positive

Faith Castro
December 1, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn has praised the "enormous courage" shown by the 32-year-old.

A British politician has been given a standing ovation in the House of Commons after revealing he has been HIV positive for 10 years.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, a Labour-Coop MP for Brighton, spoke out about the virus to raise awareness of World Aids Day.

He said: "Since then I have been on world-class treatment provided by the NHS - so I have not only survived, I've prospered, and any partner I have is safe and protected". We could be more vocal, more ambitious, more determined to eradicate the disease in the UK.

PrEP is a medication taken by HIV-negative people to reduce the chance of getting HIV from having sex without a condom and from sharing needles or equipment to inject or use drugs. We now know of cases of young men who have tried to gain access to PrEP, who have been turned away and who have subsequently contracted HIV. "The Government must now act to prevent this from happening again".

Subsidized HIV testing kits available in campus vending machines cost less than five dollars
Subsidized HIV testing kits available in campus vending machines cost less than five dollars

"I hope that my coming out serves to defy the stigma around the disease. It has been a long journey, from the fear of acceptance and today, hopefully, advocacy, knowing that my treatment keeps me healthy and protects any partner that I may have". 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. He is the second MP to disclose that he is living...

The first MP to acknowledge they are living with HIV was Labour's Chris Smith, who spoke about being HIV-positive in a Sunday Times interview in 2005, shortly before his retirement from the House of Commons.

In a function on World AIDS Day in New Delhi today, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel said, the government is leaving no stone unturned to achieve the target of making India AIDS-free by 2030.

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