British MP reveals he is HIV positive

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And as our article in this edition marking World Aids Day points out, the challenges facing black women living with HIV are particularly tough.

Commemorated on December 1 each year, World Aids Day presents an opportunity for humanity worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an Aids-related illness, Brand South Africa said in a statement.

Mr Russell-Moyle described how HIV is "still deeply misunderstood" and "etched into much of the public's memory as a death sentence".

Another survey - of 1,350 people with HIV, conducted by the charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and released to mark the 30th World Aids Day - found 50 per cent of people said they had experienced discrimination due to their HIV status. In the male population over 60 years old, HIV/AIDS cases increased by 136% in five years, from 8,391 cases in 2012 to almost 20,000 cases in 2017.

In Mozambique, Index Case Tracking has seen 38,612 sexual partners tested for HIV of whom 13,154 tested HIV positive in the year 2017. The majority of the infected were found to belong to the age group of 20-49. Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who was picked by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro as the future Minister of Health, said that sex education is a subject to be dealt with exclusively by parents and their children, with no interference whatsoever from teachers.

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At the ceremony, condoms and other HIV preventive materials were freely distributed to participants and hundreds of people voluntarily participated in HIV testing. The World AIDS Day hashtag on Weibo features pictures of HIV patients (or people playing patients) asking for hugs, medical staff making classroom visits, and young volunteers collecting saliva for testing. World Health Organization said that key populations are groups who are at an increased risk of HIV irrespective of epidemic type or local context.

The charity said that misinformation around HIV still causes stigma, which impacts many people living with HIV. "The government must now act to prevent this from happening again". As we continue our fight for access, we must ensure that correct information about prevention, testing and treatment is made widely available among at-risk communities as well as among the general population.

In its vision to promote "Quality sexual health services for a healthier nation" the National STD/AIDS Control Program, at No.29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10, is coordinating, planning and implementing the HIV National Strategic Plan and AIDS Policy in Sri Lanka. The country was also reported to have the largest antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme in the world, which had undergone even more expansion in recent years with the implementation of "test and treat" guidelines. "People are living now", Graven also said.

"It's vital that everyone get tested regularly".

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