Lincolnshire residents urged to show support on World Aids Day

A student signs a banner at an on-campus AIDS awareness event

HIV self-test kits will be availed in pharmacies and online for purchase through smart phones or internet in order to boost people's willingness to participate in HIV interventions, he said.

Speaking during an adjournment debate on HIV, he said: "Next year it will be 10 years since I became HIV-positive".

The fight against HIV is not just about the virus, it is also trying to stop the ignorance and discrimination that people living with HIV can face, which can limit their opportunities and prevent them from living full and happy lives.

"Understanding that I was unable to transmit HIV sexually has been life-changing."

"The drugs slow down the damage that the virus does to the immune system and allow people to live long, productive lives like everyone else without succumbing to the disease".

Mr Varadkar emphasised that it is virtually impossible for people who are HIV positive and getting treatment to pass on the disease and he urged everybody to know their HIV status. Innovative approaches and integrated comprehensive packages for prevention, testing and treatment are needed to reduce the increasing number of new infections and reach people at risk of HIV with prevention, testing and treatment services.

It also includes men who have sex with men, transgender people, prisoners and the sexual partners of these people.

Subsidized HIV testing kits available in campus vending machines cost less than five dollars
Subsidized HIV testing kits available in campus vending machines cost less than five dollars

He is the second MP to disclose that he is living... "This World Aids Day I will be proud to wear the red ribbon in solidarity and respect".

Coincidentally, this is not the first time AIDS has made Chinese headlines this week.

It comes after Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle announced that he is HIV positive during an emotional speech in the House of Commons. Former Labour cabinet minister Chris Smith revealed his status in 2005.

Theresa May marked the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day by pledging the UK's continued support for tackling the disease globally.

Public Health England (PHE) recorded a drastic fall in new diagnoses of HIV in the United Kingdom, with just 4,363 new cases diagnosed in 2017.

The charity has launched its Zero HIV campaign to mark World Aids day, with the aim of ending new cases of HIV and eliminating stigma surrounding the illness.

This is happening despite the ongoing "test and treat HIV programme" carried out by the national and county governments to ensure that all infected Kenyans receive free antiretroviral drugs.

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