Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle announces he is HIV positive in Parliament

04 December, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • British politician reveals he has been HIV positive for 10 years in emotional statement to parliament

Sperber said that in the USA, one-in-seven patients living with HIV are unaware that they are infected.

At the ceremony, condoms and other HIV preventive materials were freely distributed to participants and hundreds of people voluntarily participated in HIV testing. These policies include streamlining HIV testing; facilitating access to syringe exchanges; enabling minors to consent for HIV prevention and care services; expanding data sharing to enhance linkage to care; linkage and retention in care initiatives; and enhanced access to PrEP in clinical settings. The theme of World Aids Day for this year is "Know Your Status".

On discovering he had HIV, he said: "Of course it was a shock, however much you prepare yourself, you get that call and you are told "Please come in, we can't tell you something over the phone", so you know something is wrong".

This year, UNAIDS Executive Director who is in South Africa for the event stressed the need for people to know their statuses in his message. People should not test positive for HIV and receive treatment, only to die of TB, due to poor access to TB diagnosis among people living with HIV.

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Meanwhile, the report also found that new HIV diagnoses continued to decline, falling 17% from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017. The momentum to revamp political commitment to end AIDS by 2030 has never been so strong in the European Region.

- An estimated 77 million people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic in 1981, including 1.8 million in 2017. About 21 lakh people across India were HIV positive and information related to 164 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres, 22 Anti Retroviral Treatment centres, 142 blood banks across the State were provided in the stalls.

Mr Green said: "When Prince Harry publicly speaks about taking an HIV test, or last week helped us launch HIV testing week, or when he talks publicly about HIV being nothing to be feared, that does a huge amount to tackle the stigma associated with HIV".

The charity said that misinformation around HIV still causes stigma, which impacts many people living with HIV. And to effectively monitor viral load, people living with HIV need access to viral load testing every 12 months.

NHS had earlier stated that Pakistan now faces a concentrated epidemic because of the injecting drug users with HIV prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

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People who test negative are further counselled on risk factors and risk reduction, encouraged to take a pro-active approach towards their sexual health and connected with appropriate services as necessary.

HIV preventive and treatment services have been scaled up to more than 90 percent of health facilities across the country, figures of Rwanda Biomedical Center showed.

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