London – On November 29th, Labor member of Parliament (MP) Lloyd Russell-Moyle revealed he’s living with HIV. He is the Labor MP for Brighton Kemptown and is the only sitting MP to disclose his HIV status. “This Saturday 1 December will mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, and next year it will be ten years since I became HIV positive,” he told the House of Commons. “I was 22 years old, and diagnosed early. 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 …. I hope that my coming out serves to defy the stigma around the disease …. I hope that more people will understand that effective treatment keeps people who are HIV positive healthy, and it protects their partners. My story might encourage others to get tested and ultimately begin their treatment earlier on.”

Lloyd Russell-Moyle continued, “I am leading this debate today because we are in many ways at a juncture in the fight against HIV and AIDS. We could be more vocal, more ambitious, more determined to eradicate the disease in the UK. Or, we could go in the direction of the government, which is putting our hard-fought progress at risk. Their reluctance to make the HIV prevention drug PrEP available on the NHS is disgraceful.”

Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn responded to Russell-Moyle’s revelation. “Lloyd has shown enormous courage today, Corbyn said in a press release. “I know the whole Labor Party is proud of him. 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. (Gay Star News – James Besanvalle at gaystarnews.com/article/lloyd-russell-moyle-hiv-positive/#gs.szaHR64)

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