British lawmaker reveals he is HIV-positive

A British lawmaker revealed in Parliament on Thursday that he is HIV-positive.Lloyd Russell-Moyle, a ...

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 6:18 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2018 6:18 PM

A British lawmaker revealed in Parliament on Thursday that he is HIV-positive.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, a member of Parliament for the opposition Labour Party, is believed to be the only sitting lawmaker in the House of Commons to have disclosed that he has the virus.

AIDS and HIV

Diseases and disorders

Government and public administration

Health and medical

Immune system disorders

Infectious diseases

Politics

Continents and regions

Europe

Government bodies and offices

Legislative bodies

Northern Europe

United Kingdom

"Next year, I'll be marking an anniversary of my own: 10 years since I became HIV-positive," the 32-year-old told the lower house. "It's been a long journey -- from the fear to acceptance and, from today, advocacy, knowing my treatment keeps me healthy and that it protects any partner I have."

Taking medication for a number of years has made him "what the [National Health Service] calls HIV-positive 'undetectable,' " he said.

Russell-Moyle, who was elected in 2017, explained that means he does not get sick and "can't transmit HIV to someone else."

"So as the virus lays undetectable and dormant in my body; my medication ensures that the virus doesn't reactivate, doesn't progress and can't be passed on. That's why the NHS says: Undetectable equals un-transmittable."

The MP told the Press Association news agency that he "had a duty as a Member of Parliament" to make the disclosure.

He said government cuts to sexual health budgets meant he could not "keep quiet" any more about an issue that "not only affects people I know, but it affects me so personally." The Department of Health and Social Care declined to comment.

Russell-Moyle added that he chose the timing of his announcement to mark the 30th World AIDS Day on December 1.

He is the second lawmaker to disclose that he is living with HIV. Former Labour Cabinet minister Chris Smith made the first revelation in 2005.

When someone is HIV-positive, regular treatment can nearly eliminate their chance of spreading the infection to others during sex.

Also Thursday, Public Health England reported that the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK fell 17% between 2016 and 2017.

An estimated 92% of the 102,000 people living with HIV in Britain have been diagnosed, the agency said. Of those, 98% are on treatment, and 97% of those on treatment are virally suppressed, meaning HIV is undetectable in their blood.

The figures make the UK one of the first countries to reach the UN's 90-90-90 targets: 90% of people with HIV will have a diagnosis by 2020, 90% of those will receive antiretrovirals, and 90% of those will have viral suppression.

About 39 million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2017, according to UNAIDS, the United Nations program that sets international targets.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
65° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 65°
Florence
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 64°
Fayetteville
Overcast
64° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 64°
Decatur
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 64°
Scottsboro
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 66°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 16530

Reported Deaths: 591
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2124112
Jefferson1712100
Montgomery154134
Tuscaloosa67813
Marshall6689
Lee53332
Franklin5147
Shelby48419
Tallapoosa41864
Butler39213
Chambers34924
Madison3184
Elmore3137
Walker2991
Baldwin2819
Etowah24411
Dallas2443
DeKalb2413
Morgan2311
Coffee2241
Lowndes22210
Sumter2136
Autauga2053
Houston1884
Bullock1833
Pike1790
Colbert1612
Russell1590
Marengo1556
Lauderdale1532
Calhoun1523
Hale1517
Choctaw1488
Wilcox1347
Barbour1321
Clarke1292
Randolph1257
Marion11911
St. Clair1161
Pickens1014
Talladega1003
Dale990
Chilton971
Cullman960
Greene924
Limestone870
Winston820
Covington771
Jackson752
Crenshaw722
Bibb711
Henry712
Macon712
Washington666
Blount581
Escambia493
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Conecuh351
Coosa351
Monroe352
Perry350
Cherokee342
Clay272
Lamar210
Fayette130
Cleburne131
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 21679

Reported Deaths: 356
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Davidson489460
Shelby4718107
Trousdale13934
Rutherford111622
Sumner85245
Hamilton71915
Bledsoe6081
Williamson53310
Putnam4615
Robertson4412
Tipton4303
Lake4130
Wilson3878
Out of TN3794
Knox3575
Bedford2744
Montgomery2613
Rhea1980
Hardeman1940
Madison1752
Loudon1370
McMinn13614
Macon1243
Cheatham1180
Cumberland1111
Dickson1100
Fayette1102
Bradley1081
Blount893
Maury810
Sevier762
Washington750
Coffee680
Unassigned670
Wayne630
Gibson611
Monroe612
Sullivan602
Hickman570
Lauderdale561
Dyer500
Franklin491
Greene482
Anderson391
Marion381
DeKalb370
Grundy321
Hawkins312
Haywood302
Smith301
Hamblen302
Henry300
Marshall301
White300
Obion281
Jefferson280
Carroll271
Meigs260
Overton260
Weakley260
Lincoln250
Lawrence240
Warren220
Cocke200
Carter191
Jackson170
Morgan170
Cannon170
Campbell171
Roane160
Crockett162
Perry160
Johnson160
Polk150
Sequatchie150
Henderson140
Humphreys131
Chester120
Fentress120
Giles120
McNairy120
Scott110
Stewart110
Hardin112
Claiborne90
Houston80
Benton71
Grainger60
Clay60
Decatur50
Van Buren40
Union40
Unicoi40
Moore30
Pickett30
Lewis30
Hancock10

 

 

Community Events