A LABOUR MP who revealed he is HIV positive in the House of Commons said he spoke out to tackle the stigma still associated with the condition.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Brighton Kemptown, is the only sitting MP — and the second MP ever — to disclose he is living with the virus. Former Labour cabinet minister Chris Smith revealed his status in 2005.
Speaking before World Aids Day tomorrow, Mr Russell-Moyle, who was infected ten years ago, said he had applauded others for revealing their HIV status and thought: ‘I also need to be so brave to do that.’ The 32-year-old said health cuts meant he could not ‘keep quiet any more’ about the issue.
Mr Russell-Moyle, who was given a standing ovation by Labour MPs, said that after the shock of discovering he was HIV positive it was a ‘revelation’ he could live a normal life ‘apart from a pill a day’.