British Lawmaker Reveals He’s HIV Positive At In House Speech
This just in, a British lawmaker has revealed, while in the House of Commons, that he is HIV-positive.
Labour Party member Lloyd Russell-Moyle decided it was time to share a private part of his life with the public.
In honor of the 30th World AIDS Day, Russell-Moyle became the first MP to announce his HIV positive status while physically in the Commons. He is also the second MP to ever share that he’s HIV positive overall.
“Next year, I’ll be marking an anniversary of my own: 10 years since I became HIV-positive,” the 32-year-old said. “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.”
Russell-Moyle, who was elected in 2017, shared that he is now HIV positive undetectable. As such, the MP doesn’t get sick from the illness and can’t transmit the disease to anyone 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.”
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Lloyd Russell-Moyle also said that the reason he wanted to disclose this personal information is so that he could act as representation for others with similar statuses. He wants to fight the stigma against HIV people with his very being.
“I wanted to be able to stand here in this place and say to those who are living with HIV that their status does not define them,” Russell-Moyle, the MP for Brighton Kemptown since 2017, said in a speech that drew tributes from many other MPs.
“We can be whoever we want to be, and to those who have not been tested, maybe because of fear, I say to you: it is better to live in knowledge than to die in fear.”
“We need to send a message out from this House of Commons: this country has changed its attitudes, we have done a great deal medically to help people, we need to ensure that the rest of the world understands that we can do the same for every other country in the world,” Corbyn said. “We have to close our minds to prejudice and open our minds up to human rights and justice for people all across the globe.”
In response, the majority of the Labour Party stood up to applaud Rusell-Moyle. Meanwhile, the Tory Party members were less enthused.
I know how much todays reaction would have meant to 22 year old me. Thank you.
— Lloyd Russell-Moyle (@lloyd_rm) November 29, 2018