British MP reveals he is HIV positive

Desiree Burns
December 2, 2018

The 2018 edition of World Aids Day is the 30th anniversary of a day set aside to commemorate the global combat against the deadly disease.

Despite the country's successful antiretroviral programme and a successful prevention programme of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, "the war against HIV and Aids still rages on relentlessly", he said.

According to Statistics South Africa there are just over seven million people living with HIV in the country and half of those are on antiretroviral therapy.

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The South African National Aids Council Civil Society Forum says the common stigma against people affected and infected by HIV has lessened over the years. Together, we can tackle the stigma surrounding HIV and give the young people carrying it the childhood they deserve.

The Umzimkhulu community joined others around the world with onsite HIV information, testing, and counseling for the local community attending the event. It has been a long journey from the fear of acceptance and today hopefully advocacy, knowing that my treatment keeps me healthy and protects any partner I may have...status does not define them.

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