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British politician reveals he has been HIV positive for 10 years in emotional statement to parliament

British MP tells UK Parliament he is HIV positive

In global observation of World AIDS Day tomorrow, which is held annually on December 1 to unite people worldwide in the fight against HIV, MTVs logo will wear the universally symbolic red ribbon on its channels and platforms in almost 180 countries.

The World Health Organization says HIV-positive mothers could pass the virus to their children during breastfeeding.

This year, UNAIDS Executive Director who is in South Africa for the event stressed the need for people to know their statuses in his message.

The 32-year-old, who is the Member for Brighton Kemptown, wanted his statement to help tackle the stigma around HIV and Aids and inform people that advances in treatment meant he lives a totally unaffected life with the virus.

The group and other NGOs send volunteers into the field to survey people and convince them to get tested.

Cuomo today announced New York State is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by the end of 2020 and proposed new regulations that will remove barriers and expand access to care for uninsured or underinsured people living with HIV. There is now no cure but effective treatments allow most HIV positive people to live a long and healthy life. Knowledge of HIV status, combined with increased access to antiretroviral treatment in the Region has led to a 12 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths in Latin America and a 23 percent drop in the Caribbean from 2010 to 2017. The theme of World Aids Day for this year is "Know Your Status".

British politician reveals he has been HIV positive for 10 years in emotional statement to parliament
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On revealing his diagnosis to friends and family, he said: "The first person I rang up was a flatmate who I lived with whose younger brother happened to have HIV, so you first of all find out people that maybe understand a little bit of those experiences". South Africa is known to be one of the African countries with a high prevalence rate of the disease.

She listed stigma and discrimination as factors still deterring people from taking an HIV test adding that access to confidential HIV testing was aslo an issue of concern.

He said it was "10 years since I became HIV positive, nine years since I was diagnosed".

2012 - The oral prophylactic drug PrEP is approved for HIV-negative people to prevent sexual transmission of the virus.

He said that the "huge numbers of people" who do not know their status "are being denied the opportunity to live their lives to the full because of untested or untreated HIV infections".

"Bringing federal resources to the battle against infectious diseases such as HIV has been a special focus of my public career, and the Trump administration is strongly committed to achieving the goals of our National HIV/AIDS Strategy".

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