Lloyd Russell-Moyle reveals HIV+ status

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Observed on December 1 every year since 1988, World AIDS Day is an global day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and mourning those who have died of the disease.

"Now I worry that we might be starting to head in the wrong direction, with £700m in cuts to public health between 2014 and 2017".

"In addition, more than three in five (15.3 million) people are accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy". Approximately 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2017 and sadly 940, 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in the same year as they might not know they have HIV, aren't on treatment or start treatment too late.

People who test negative are further counselled on risk factors and risk reduction, encouraged to take a pro-active approach towards their sexual health and connected with appropriate services as necessary.

Scientists say using these tools, educating people and getting more people into treatment will reduce stigma, and then, when a vaccine comes along, we can finally put an end to AIDS.

The prevention-focused conference featured a panel of local infectious disease experts who educated the students about how to be proactive when it comes to HIV/AIDS prevention. "However the rate of new infections among young people remains alarmingly high", she said.

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4YBY identified the adoption of HIV self-testing as an additional way to create demand for HIV testing, thereby increasing knowledge of HIV status and reducing the accelerated spread of HIV/AIDS nationwide among young people in Nigeria. There is now no cure but effective treatments allow most HIV positive people to live a long and healthy life.

Strengthening the gains chalked in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as achieving the 90, 90, 90 target depends on stopping the stigmatization of infected persons, says Ms Dzid Enyonam Kwame, the Media Specialist for the U.S President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Mr Russell-Moyle said he had spoken to Lord Smith about his decision to reveal his status, adding: "He ended up coming out when he knew he was standing down".

He said that every year about 500 people in Ireland are diagnosed with HIV and in many cases HIV is passed on by people who don't know their status.

He said that the "huge numbers of people" who do not know their status "are being denied the opportunity to live their lives to the full because of untested or untreated HIV infections".

The UNSW research also shows the persistence of stigma toward people most likely to be exposed to HIV.

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