World AIDS day observed on December 1

Chris Smith MP in 2005 now Lord Smith

"We now have the tools to end HIV transmission here in the United Kingdom - a combination of regular testing, PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis medication], condoms and treatment as prevention - and it's vital we continue to ensure people are aware of those tools, know how and are able to access them", said THT chief executive Ian Green.

Ijezie appreciated Federal Government's effort through the Federal Ministry of Health and the NACA and other stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS. As of September 30, 2018, working across 53 countries, PEPFAR is supporting over 14.6 million people on lifesaving antiretroviral treatment; has enabled over 2.4 million babies to be born HIV-free to mothers living with HIV; supported over 6.8 million orphans, vulnerable children, and their caregivers; provided voluntary medical male circumcision to 18.9 million men and boys in eastern and southern Africa, offering them critical protection from HIV infection; and trained more than 270,000 health care workers. In partnership, we are committed to reaching each person either affected or infected to gain effective control of HIV and AIDS and TB.

Rwanda has launched a six-month awareness and prevention campaign aimed at stemming new HIV infections in the country at a ceremony to mark the World AIDS Day.

"HIV conjures images of gravestones and a life marked by tragedy", he added.

"If treated, someone who is HIV positive, like myself, can expect to live a long and full life with little to no side-effects from the drugs regime". He also said HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, that is 90 percent of all people living with HIV would know their status, 90 percent diagnosed with HIV would receive/sustain their ART, and 90 percent of people receiving ART would have "viral repression".

" We encourage all Nigerians to get tested as a large proportion was still not aware of their status".

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Yepthomi said early detection is of outmost importance as it equips one with knowledge and open avenues to protect oneself, family members and loved ones and also empowers people to make choices on HIV prevention.

Away from the Commons chamber, Mr Russell-Moyle explained he had a "duty" as an MP to speak out and could not "keep quiet anymore" about an issue which affects him "so personally".

He added: "I wanted to be able to stand here in this place and say to those who are living with HIV that their status does not define them".

He is only the second MP to announce he has the virus, with former Labour MP Chris Smith revealing his status in a newspaper interview in 2005.

Mr Corbyn intervened in the debate to praise Mr Russell-Moyle's "brilliant and historic speech". "The only way to know is to get tested", he said.

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