Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

British MP reveals he is HIV positive

British MP reveals he is HIV positive

The day provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. He also said that he wanted to bring awareness that the world is on the cusp of eradicating HIV "but we are at a fault in the road" with cuts to public health threatening a universal roll-out of PrEP, the pill that prevents HIV.

Achieving epidemic control will not only save lives but also reduce the future costs of the HIV response. And people who are HIV Positive and have access to treatment can now be sure that they will remain healthy and that their partners are protected.

He told the Press Association: "A few months ago I was giving out awards, congratulating people who have spoken out about their HIV status, saying how fearless they were, and there was a feeling in the back of my mind saying, "Well, if I'm congratulating people, I also need to be so courageous to do that".

A nurse conducts an HIV test at a voluntary testing centre. In the Caribbean, 310,000 people are HIV positive, with 15,000 newly infected people discovered in 2017 alone.

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He said prevention efforts in Cayman include the availability of free condoms in all district health centers and pre-exposure prophylaxis antiretroviral medicines to people who are in partnership with HIV-positive individuals, along with behavior change intervention programs.

The theme of this year's day is "Know your status".

- Despite this progress, however, in Latin America, the rate of new HIV infections remains unchanged at around 100,000 per year - a reduction of just one per cent since 2010. Even so, throughout the region, key population groups most at risk of contracting HIV continue to miss out on vital prevention and follow-up services.

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