World Health Organization commemorates the day on Dec 1 with 'Know Your Status'

Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown stands up in the House of Commons and speaks about his HIV Positive status

"Next year I'll be marking an anniversary of my own: 10 years since I became HIV positive", Mr Russell-Moyle said. Professor Steffani Strathdee at the University of California San Diego says one of the biggest challenges is that HIV often affects people on the fringes of some societies around the world.

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.

Officials say the goal of the event is to educate the community so they take the proper steps to protect themselves.

Humana People to People has built strong relationships with national government health departments and global health organizations.

- South Africa has the world's highest HIV prevalence, with nearly one in five people infected.

Bruce Broughton, a Navy Veteran from Bloomington, has lived with HIV for 28 years, and he's feeling healthy.

"But we must remain vigilant against prejudice, and we must fight for everyone to have access to effective treatment". The Cayman Islands Red Cross also offers education on sex, sexuality, HIV testing and counselling, as well as condom distribution.

Annual new HIV infections among adults aged above 15 also declined from 63,700 in 2010 to 44,800 in 2017, a 30 percent drop. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of domestic testers doubled from 100 million to 200 million people. And the earlier that HIV treatment is started after infection, the better the outcome.

"My research and research in this field really shows you have to address the whole person and their needs in order to address HIV as one of their health concerns", Strathdee said. They were seeing people die.

He said: "We now know of cases of young men who have tried to gain access to PrEP, who have been turned away and who have subsequently contracted HIV".

We have seen progress both at home, through initiatives such as the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, and overseas, through the success of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which marks its 15th anniversary this year. This milestone was achieved in an HIV testing campaign being done by ADPP Mozambique through HOPE Maputo project. You can not contract Aids without HIV.

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