Here's why we need to talk about World AIDS Day

Desiree Burns
December 6, 2018

Also speaking, the permanent secretary in the ministry, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was represented by Kayode Asake said, "HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can have healthy and productive health".

Russell-Moyle described what it was like being diagnosed with HIV: "When you get that call from the clinic and they just say: 'You need to come in.' They don't tell you the details, and you know immediately that something is going to be wrong...."

It said that other high risk groups / communities such as men who have sex with (MSM), Female Sex Workers and Hijra Sex Workers (HSWs) appear to have reached the threshold level.

According to, in 2019, more than one million rapid HIV tests will be delivered to Ukraine.

He said 95 percent of the number are now on treatment through donor agencies and the USA government; adding that the Nigerian government was treating additional 60,000 people in Abia and Taraba states.

"I'm also very pleased he's brought up the global context of this, the worldwide context where there is appalling levels of prejudice and abuse against HIV-positive people and against the LGBT community in many countries around the world".

The top three winners, who were revealed at the World AIDS Day event, went home with prizes, cool gadgets, as well as mentorship opportunities from leading business and health professionals.

Which means a quarter of people with HIV may not think twice about sharing a needle, having unprotected sex or doing other risky activities that enable HIV to spread.

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"The results from our polling are extremely saddening".

"We will celebrate the progress we've made in their memory, and we will stand shoulder to shoulder and continue to work together with one another to hit zero HIV transmissions and zero HIV stigma for good".

Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle praised Mr Russell-Moyle for a "brave" and "moving" speech.

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"I think he has taken a very important decision for him, and from talking to him I know the reason he wants to do this is because he wants to tackle the stigma associated with HIV head on".

The UNSW research also shows the persistence of stigma toward people most likely to be exposed to HIV.

"Those 1980s campaigns play heavy in a lot of people's minds that this is some sort of death sentence, and so immediately you are facing a wall of hatred but it's a wall of fear and worry. You can get treated and live a normal life".

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