Sunday, January 30, 2005

Chris Smith

Why all the fuss? The press today revealed that he is HIV positive but I had thought that this was the case since I was first elected although I will admit that this was based on a conversation with a specialist in this area who was commenting on facial characteristics that some antretrovirals can cause. It seemed no big deal either way as he was fully capable of doing his job.
Sadly though - there is a lot of prejudice in this area and I have been amazed by some of the examples I have come across since becoming an MP so I can understand the reticence in coming forward. The fact remains that Chris Smith is standing down at the next election so whilst I applaud his decision to go public it would be interesting to see the reaction to a sitting MP who intended to seek re-election.