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Brighton MP praised for courage of HIV announcement

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Residents in Brighton and charities have commended Lloyd Russell-Moyle for his courage to speak out about living with HIV.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, is the only current sitting MP to disclose he is living with the virus.

The 32-year-old, from Brighton, told parliament that people living with HIV should not be defined by it.

The Sussex Beacon, which provides specialist care and support for people living with HIV, says the announcement has had an effect across the country.

Video: Bill Puddicome, The Sussex Beacon

A tablet called PrEP, which can prevent the contraction of AIDS, is not yet available to those in England.

The medication is currently on trial.

One campaigner, who has been living with HIV, says his situation could have been avoided had he had access to PrEP

Video: Greg Owen, Campaigner

5,164
people diagnosed with HIV in UK in 2016. (Terrence Higgins Trust)
18%
drop in diagnoses in 2016 compared to 2015 (Terrence Higgins Trust)

In some ways I’m incredibly lucky, I’m a white gay man in a very liberal open city, and so out of all of the groups of people I will probably fare one of the better.

If you are not in that same category, if you live in a rural area, if you find it difficult to access services, if you are black or older or a woman then those things mean your stigma is much higher so it’s much harder to talk about it. Talking about that is really important.”

– Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown
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