MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle made history in November last year after speaking about his HIV positive diagnosis in Parliament.

After doing so, the Labour politician has revealed that he received a touching email from someone in the same position.

Speaking on Lorraine today, he said that the response had been great "apart from one or two trolls".

"To be honest I get them for breathing," he joked. "But everyone else has been so loveley. Just yesterday I got an email from someone who was diagnosed and he said he watched the video and it gave him hope."

MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle made history in November last year after speaking about his HIV positive diagnosis
(Image: ITV)

MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

He said that the response had been great ‘apart from one or two trolls’
(Image: ITV)

Read More

  • MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle reveals he’s HIV positive in speech to Parliament

He said that the "world has changed" so much since he was first diagnosed.

"It was a death sentence and now it doesn’t have to be," Lloyd said.

In an exclusive interview with the Mirror before his speech last year, he said: "It is a scary thing to do, but I am a paid politician and one of my jobs is to show how the personal becomes political, and vice versa.

"That doesn’t meant the public need to know the ins and outs of every politician’s personal life, but it does mean where there are links and you can help others, you need to speak out."

MPs listened in silence as the young politician spoke about one of the most intimate aspects of his life.

MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

Lloyd Russell-Moyle M.P. for Brighton Kempton

MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

He told the Commons: "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."

The majesty of parliament is a far cry from the room where a decade ago Lloyd, then a 22-year-old student, found himself as he received his life-changing diagnosis.

MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

(Image: Daily Mirror)

"They took me into a consulting room about the size of a disabled toilet and decorated in pretty much the same kind of way; plasticated seating, false ceilings, bright neon light and those beige walls they all have.

"The person who’d done my blood test came in with a woman counsellor. I remember them saying, ‘we have got some bad news’ and ‘is there anyone you will be able to talk to afterwards’."

*Lorraine airs weekdays at 8.30am on ITV

Read More
Showbiz and TV editor’s picks

  • MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

    Gemma brands Holly and Phil LIARS

  • MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

    Megan’s Love Island antics remembered

  • MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

    Ewan McGregor’s daughter attacks him

  • MP reveals touching email he received after revealing HIV positive diagnosis

    Inside Ant’s turbulent year off