I'm HIV positive, says Labour MP

I'm HIV positive, says Labour MP

- UNAIDS wants nine in 10 people to know their status by 2020.

To remain healthy and to prevent transmission, the virus needs to be suppressed to undetectable or very low levels through sustained antiretroviral therapy.

37 million people worldwide are infected with HIV - but numbers are relatively small in the UK.

"Altogether 321,382 new cases of HIV infection were officially registered in Ukraine since 1987". Progress in the Caribbean has been much faster, with an 18 percent reduction in new infections since 2010.

"Particularly now with the opioid epidemic, we will fuel, probably, a new HIV epidemic associated with use of heroin in lieu of pills", Healton said.

During an adjournment debate on HIV and World AIDS day, the Labour MP said: "Next year I'll be marking an anniversary of my own: ten years since I became HIV positive".

PAHO says the majority of new infections in the Region occur in gay men and other men who have sex with men, which represent 41 percent of new cases in Latin America and 23 percent in the Caribbean. It is a time for people to unite in the fight against the spread of HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate friends and loved ones who lost their fight to AIDS.

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So it is really important that more and more people have a HIV test, he said.

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights globally, by funding innovative youth-led programs and producing ground-breaking content " including the multi-award winning MTV Shugathat encourages young people to get tested, practice safe sex, and live without stigma and fear.

"We start to see really the tools in our hands to eliminate HIV, really start to reduce HIV infections". The star-studded gala at Guastavinos in NY recognized the foundations 20 years of campaigning around HIV and sexual/reproductive health and rights, and raised more than $570,000 toward the global fight to end HIV.

Knowing your HIV status also enables people to make informed decisions about HIV prevention options, including services to prevent children from becoming infected with HIV, male and female condoms, harm reduction services for people who inject drugs, voluntary medical male circumcision and pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis.

Almost 160,000 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in Europe a year ago - and two-thirds of those cases were in Russian Federation. World Health Organization first recommended HIV self-testing in December 2016.

The MP, who was elected to his seat in 2017, told the Press Association he chose the timing of the revelation to mark the 30th World Aids Day on December 1.

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