Lloyd Russell-Moyle. AFP

A British lawmaker, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, has revealed in Parliament on Thursday that he is HIV-positive.

Russell-Moyle, a member of Parliament for the opposition Labour Party, is believed to be the only sitting lawmaker in the House of Commons to have disclosed that he has the virus.

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“Next year, I’ll be marking an anniversary of my own: 10 years since I became HIV-positive,” the 32-year-old told the lower house. “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.

“Taking medication for a number of years has made me what the [National Health Service] calls HIV-positive ‘undetectable,” he said.

Russell-Moyle, who was elected in 2017, explained that means he does not get sick and “can’t transmit HIV to someone else.”

“So as the virus lays undetectable and dormant in my body; my medication ensures that the virus doesn’t reactivate, doesn’t progress and can’t be passed on. That’s why the NHS says: Undetectable equals un-transmittable.”

The MP told the Press Association news agency that he “had a duty as a Member of Parliament” to make the disclosure.

Russell-Moyle added that he chose the timing of his announcement to mark the 30th World AIDS Day on December 1.

He is the second lawmaker to disclose that he is living with HIV. Former Labour Cabinet minister Chris Smith made the first revelation in 2005.