British MP reveals HIV positive status ahead of World AIDS Day

A gathering at the Municipal Plaza building in San Antonio marks one year since the city joing the international Fast Track Cities program that works to get more HIV positive people diagnoses and treated

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

"The region of the Americas has made important progress in the fight against AIDS, and part of this is down to the fact that over three-quarters of people living with HIV have been tested, and nearly 80 per cent of them are now in treatment", said Dr Marcos Espinal, director of the PAHO/WHO Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health.

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.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, 32, told his fellow lawmakers that he had been diagnosed HIV positive when he was aged 22.

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".

He said: "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. HIV in this country is no longer the death sentence it once was....tombs of the 1980s", he said. "The Government must now act to prevent this from happening again". I hope that more people will understand that effective treatment keeps people who are HIV positive healthy, and it protects their partners.

Jacob Castrejana talked about how he went from hiding his HIV status to sharing his story publicly. Metro Health San Antonio Director Dr. Colleen Bridger looked

"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".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Lloyd has shown enormous courage today".

Health officials have confirmed that there are now 72 people living with HIV in the Cayman Islands, after seven new infections were diagnosed between January and September of this year and one person died.

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling on people to get tested as an important step towards halting the spread of HIV and ending AIDS.

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