Revealing that he is the only current sitting MP with the virus "does a lot to normalise HIV in the public's mind", said Ian Green, chief executive of the sexual health charity the Terrance Higgins Trust.
- Nearly 22 million people were accessing antiretroviral drugs in 2017, compared with 8 million in 2010.
He read quotes from people who described those living with HIV as "fags getting what they deserve", and slammed anyone who would "weaponise HIV to attack LGBT people".
"The sad truth is that many people do not get tested for HIV because of the stigma that surrounds it".
The campaign aims to show support for those living with HIV and gives people a chance to remember those killed by aids-related illnesses.
He said he felt "relieved" to announce that he is living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which damages the cells in the immune system and weakens a person's ability to fight infections and disease.
Humana People to People through the Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) programme has for years been carrying out community mobilization activities in Africa, India and China impacting on millions of peoples lives through broader community mobilization strategies aimed at achieving HIV prevention, care, support and access to treatment in affected communities.
On Saturday Dec 1 it’s the 30th anniversary of the World AIDS Day a day aimed to raise HIV-awareness and remembrance
Ms Kwame, who was speaking to journalists at the regional celebration of the 10th anniversary of the operations of PEPFAR in Ghana, said HIV is comparable to any disease condition and there is no need to subject people with the condition to any inhuman treatment either by healthcare givers, families or the larger society.
According to World Health Organization 1 in 4 people with HIV don't know they have it, so know your risk and know your status.
"Significant progress has been made in AIDS response since 1988 and today four in five (20.8 million) people living with HIV in the African region know their status".
She listed stigma and discrimination as factors still deterring people from taking an HIV test adding that access to confidential HIV testing was aslo an issue of concern.
TCE Field Officers and volunteers build relationships with communities to provide access to HIV testing in hard-to-reach areas and among the at-risk populations.
The "Know your status" theme should also go beyond HIV services.
Addressing the 30th anniversary observation of World AIDS Day at District Hospital Dimapur (DHD) as guest speaker, Dr. Yepthomi also disclosed that 91 percent of HIV transmission in Nagaland is routed through unsafe sex.