Lloyd Russell-Moyle: MP tells the Commons he has HIV

Henrietta Brewer
December 1, 2018

He received a standing ovation after his speech to mark World Aids Day tomorrow.

Russell-Moyle said he was diagnosed ten years ago, when he was just 22.

"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.

Speaking during an adjournment debate on HIV, he said: "Next year it will be 10 years since I became HIV-positive. HIV in this country is no longer the death sentence it once was....tombs of the 1980s", he said.

The MP, who was previously vice president of the European Youth Forum, added: "Those who have HIV or who have recently been diagnosed should know that they are free to pursue every aspect of public life without hindrance".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Lloyd has shown enormous courage today". It also serves as a gateway for those at higher risk of acquiring the virus to access the recommended package of prevention services in order to remain negative. I know the whole Labour Party is proud of him.

"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".

"In two days time, on World AIDS day, I will stand with my community to mourn the losses of those who have died of AIDS". He is the second MP to disclose that he is living...

Said Russell-Moyle of World AIDS Day: "Such events are also deeply personal to me".

Clinical sexual health nurse Gary Wright says Central Queensland's on-the-ball approach to sexual health is behind the elimination of HIV diagnoses. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate the success of this pioneering global-health campaign and initiatives in place all over the world to tackle the AIDS epidemic.

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