British MP becomes first to reveal to parliament that he has HIV

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Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle tells House of Commons he is HIV positive

"I was 22 years old, and diagnosed early".

In remarks released before his announcement, he said: "Since then I have been on world-class treatment provided by the NHS - so I have not only survived, I've prospered, and any partner I have is safe and protected".

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Russell-Moyle, formerly a Brighton councillor, said: "The disease is still deeply misunderstood". It has been a long journey from the fear of acceptance and today hopefully advocacy, knowing that my treatment keeps me healthy and protects any partner I may have.status does not define them.

Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn called his speech "brave" and "moving".

He made the announcement during an adjournment debate on HIV and World Aids Day, which will be marked on December 1, saying he chose to speak out because he had "a duty as a Member of Parliament". Mr. Seymour said the theme reminds people of the importance of getting tested.

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He told the Commons "I am an HIV-positive man", but as he had been taking medication for many years he was "undetectable" and can't pass it on.

More than 101,000 people are living with HIV in the UK.

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