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

Alicia Farmer
December 6, 2018

On December 1, the global society observes the World AIDS day.

Moreover, one in four people living with HIV do not know that they have the virus, impeding them from making informed decisions on prevention, treatment and other care and support services.

Minister Aamer Mehmood Kiani said that Pakistan has an estimated 150,000 people living with HIV while only 25,000 are registered at the 33HIV treatment centres across the country.

In Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, Index Case Testing is used a method to target the people living with HIV who are not aware they have the virus.

The government also aspires to support people living with HIV empowerment by creating an enabling environment and adopting an integrated multi-sectoral approach to address the socio-economic determinants responsible for the spread of HIV in the country.

He continued: "I am leading this debate today because we are in many ways at a juncture in the fight against HIV and Aids".

According to him, "HIV is an infection that destroys the human immune system and renders the entire body vulnerable to any kind of disease".

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In an ironic twist, HIV infection in Nagaland seems to show a reverse trend as indicated in the 2017 statistics of HIV infection in the state.

New HIV infections among men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs are on the rise, and aren't declining among transgender people or sex workers.

"You are our constituency, you are our people and we are here to support you", he said.

Our charity, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, fights HIV around the world by funding awesome, youth-led HIV-prevention programmes and by producing ground-breaking content for young people around the world. This will empower people to make choices about HIV prevention so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

He also called on the Ghana Health Service and other health training schools to make it a subject of concern in the training schools such that it would provide more insight to trainee nurses. Since 2005, MTV Staying Alive has given out over $6 million in grants across 73 countries, directly reached over 3.2 million young people, tested more than 270,000 people for HIV and distributed over 9.7 million condoms.

"It is one of the scientific miracles or medical miracles that we have achieved in the last 20 years".

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