An MP has revealed he is HIV positive during a House of Commons debate on public health.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, is the first MP to reveal his HIV status in the Commons and the second to disclose he is living with the condition.
He said he felt compelled to speak out about an issue which had affected him personally.
Mr Russell-Moyle urged ministers to review cuts to sexual health budgets.
He told the Commons that next year would mark his 10th anniversary of becoming HIV positive.
“It’s been a long journey, from the fear to acceptance, and from today advocacy, knowing my treatment keeps me healthy and that it protects any partner I have,” Mr Russell-Moyle said.
He added: “I finally wanted to be able to stand in this place and tell all those out there living with HIV, that their status does not define them.”
In 2005, Labour MP Chris Smith revealed to a newspaper he had been HIV positive for 17 years.
Ian Green, chief executive of sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, said the MP had “done everybody a service”.
He said Mr Russell-Moyle’s announcement “does a lot to normalise HIV in the public’s mind” and would help tackle the stigma associated with the virus.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the MP’s “brilliant and historic” speech.
He said: “I’m very grateful that he mentioned my good friend Chris Smith who very bravely told the world in 1984 that he was gay and proud of it, and we’re proud of Chris for doing that.”
During the debate, Mr Russell-Moyle spoke about the the prejudice and abuse faced by HIV-positive people and the LGBT community around the world.
Mr Corbyn said: “We just need to send a message out from this House of Commons: this country has changed its attitudes, we have done a great deal medically to help people.
“We need to ensure that the rest of the world understands that we can do the same in every country.”