Labour MP Lloyd-Russell-Moyle has revealed that he is HIV-positive.
The Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown made the announcement in the House of Commons on Thursday.
The 32-year-old criticised the government for slashing sexual health budgets and said that “we are genuinely at a real crossroads about where we can go with HIV now.”
Revealing that he has been HIV-positive for ten years, he continued: “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 said that he felt that it was his duty as an MP to be honest about his status.
“My job as an MP is to speak out about personal experiences and linking those with political experience. And if I can’t do it, how can I be asking others to do that?
“I finally wanted to be able to stand in this place and tell all those out there living with HIV, that their status does not define them. We can be whoever we want to be and to those who haven’t been tested, maybe because out of fear, I say it is better to live in knowledge than die in fear.”
Russell-Moyle made his announcement prior to World AIDS Day on 1 December.