British MP becomes first to reveal to parliament that he has HIV

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Dr Rule insists people living with HIV can live long, healthy lives.

People Living with HIV, by the UNSW Sydney Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH), is jointly released today with The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation (AFAO). Professor Steffani Strathdee at the University of California San Diego says one of the biggest challenges is that HIV often affects people on the fringes of some societies around the world.

"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. In the Caribbean, 310,000 people are HIV positive, with 15,000 newly infected people discovered in 2017 alone.

This campaign would help promote and facilitate HIV prevention, care, and treatment and reinforce people's willingness to participate in HIV interventions, said Ndimubanzi.

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In his speech, the MP read quotes from people who described people as "fags getting what they deserve", calling out those who "weaponise HIV to attack LGBT people" and perpetuate LGBT stigma. And the earlier that HIV treatment is started after infection, the better the outcome.

Russell-Moyle also called on the government to do more to ensure the HIV-prevention drug PrEP is available on the NHS.

In February 2017, the CDC rolled out High-impact Prevention (HIP), its HIV prevention planwhich includes HIV testing, treatment-as-prevention, needle exchange and PrEPbut NO mention of condoms. Despite the commendable work being undertaken by Member States to fight the epidemic, we are still facing obstacles and challenges in providing access to lifesaving treatment and services.

In 2005, former Labour cabinet minister Chris Smith, the first openly gay British MP, revealed he had been HIV positive for 17 years. In Namibia, the country has achieved success in fighting HIV and AIDS and attaining the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

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