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

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In December 2014, more than 200 people signed a petition to expel an HIV-positive eight-year-old boy from their village, prompting a national debate and highlighting the stigma involved.

The Brighton Kemptown MP is only the second MP to disclose he is living with the virus. 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. In 2017, 1.8 million people were newly infected and more than 40% of those affected still do not have access to treatment.

- About 35 million people have died from AIDS- or HIV-related illnesses since 1981, including 940,000 in 2017. But where Brazil fails is in preventing new cases, as roughly 40,000 people get infected by the HIV virus each year. If the drugs are stopped, or not taken at the right time each day, the HIV virus takes advantage of this and starts to make copies of itself again. Now his viral load is undetectable.

The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have an HIV test, which, as well as helping to protect sexual partners from infection, can also significantly improve the effectiveness of treatments available, especially if diagnosed earlier.

The CDC really needs to be more careful and inclusive in its statements and policies on HIV and AIDS, Weinstein concluded.

TCE Field Officers and volunteers build relationships with communities to provide access to HIV testing in hard-to-reach areas and among the at-risk populations.

He 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". They are connected with healthcare providers to improve treatment uptake, and TCE Field Officers undertake follow-up services at the peoples homes.

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- In sub-Saharan Africa young women are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men.

From the first recognized cases so many years ago, we could scarcely see the precipice we were standing on.

Additionally, the Government of Saskatchewan has an interactive map of places where you can get tested for HIV: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/health-care-facilities.

Castrejana said he was scared of people's reaction. It is also crucial to achieving the 90-90-90 targets. In 2017, TCE in Namibia reached 50,623 people with testing, of whom 3,917 tested HIV positive.

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).

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