UK lawmaker reveals he is HIV-positive to help reduce stigma


A UK lawmaker revealed on Thursday that he is HIV-positive in a speech to fellow members of Parliament.

Member of Parliament Lloyd Russell-Moyle, of the opposition Labour Party, told the House of Commons that he has been living with HIV for 10 years.

“It has been a long journey, from the fear of acceptance, and today hopefully advocacy, knowing my treatment keeps me healthy and that it protects any partner I have,” Russell-Moyle said.

{mosads}He made the revelation during a lower house debate on public health and called on ministers to reconsider cuts to sexual health budgets.

Russell-Moyle detailed his experience of being diagnosed and discussed the medication he has taken for several years.

“I wanted to be able to stand here in this place and say to those living with HIV that our status doesn’t define them. That we can be whoever we want to be,” he said.

His announcement comes days before the 30th World Aids Day.

The 32-year-old is the second member of parliament in history to reveal his HIV-positive status, and the only one to do so in the House of Commons.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Russell-Moyle’s speech as “brilliant and historic,” according to the BBC.


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