December 1st marks the 30th anniversary of the World AIDS day and is being commemorated with the theme "Know Your Status".
People with HIV can now live long and healthy lives with early detection and proper treatment and care.
In a parallel survey of 1000 members of the general public, 86 per cent indicated they would behave negatively toward people who inject drugs with 28 per cent indicating this would "often" or "always" be the case. And despite progress against homophobia, 38% of participants said they would behave negatively toward someone based on sexual orientation.
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.More news: Priyanka Chopra 'still annoyed' Nick Jonas didn't kiss her on first date
"We know that if you get tested for HIV, and if you get treated for HIV, your viral load will be low and you can not transmit HIV". And to effectively monitor viral load, people living with HIV need access to viral load testing every 12 months. While HIV testing is available, key populations and other vulnerable groups such as adolescents, young people and migrants do not come forward to get tested because of stigma and discrimination, lack of confidentiality, and fear of violence and repercussion due to discriminatory laws, policies and practices. People who test positive for HIV should be linked immediately to antiretroviral therapy to keep them alive and well.
China has 820,756 people living with HIV/AIDS, and 253,031 people had died of AIDS-related diseases as of the end of June, according to a report released at the fifth National Conference on HIV/AIDS in September. So these have very practical effects for HIV.
Russell-Moyle, the MP for Brighton Kemptown since the 2017 election, told the Commons he had been HIV positive for 10 years, since he was 22. However, stigma is still with us and it presents a high barrier to HIV prevention.