The MP for Brighton Kemptown announced to the House of Commons yesterday (Thursday, 29) that he has been HIV positive for ten years.

Labour member Lloyd Russell-Moyle made the speech ahead of World Aids Day on Saturday.

Mr Russell-Moyle said he wanted to tackle the stigma still associated with the condition.

Appointed as the MP for Brighton Kemptown in 2017, he told the Commons he was diagnosed when he was 22-years-old.

He said:

“Since then I have been on world-class treatment provided by the NHS – so I have not only survived, I’ve prospered, and any partner I have is safe and protected.

“I am leading this debate today because we are in many ways at a juncture in the fight against HIV and Aids.

“We could be more vocal, more ambitious, more determined to eradicate the disease in the UK.

“Or, we could go in the direction of the government, which is putting our hard-fought progress at risk.”

Mr Russell-Moyle said the prognosis is wildly different to what it was when it was brought to the public’s attention.

He stated if people with HIV are treated, they can expect to live a full life with little or no side-effect from the drugs regime.

The MP added:

“I hope that my coming out serves to defy the stigma around the disease.

“I hope that more people will understand that effective treatment keeps people who are HIV positive healthy, and it protects their partners.

“That my story might encourage others to get tested and ultimately begin their treatment earlier on.”