Prince Harry takes HIV test to raise awareness

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Prince Harry is following in his mother’s footsteps in working to remove the stigma surrounding HIV.

Princess Diana reached out to people with HIV in the 1980s. The People’s Princess changed public perception by posing for photographs shaking hands with an HIV-positive man and hugging children with AIDS.

Her second son recently grabbed an opportunity to break down barriers surrounding HIV. He took an HIV test while visiting London’s Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital.

A health worker walked Harry through the procedure, in a video streamed live on the royal family’s Facebook page.

Come and take a test — even gingers

“It is amazing how quick it is,” Prince Harry said. “So whether you’re a man, woman, gay, straight, black or white — even ginger — why wouldn’t you come and have a test?”

Ian Green, chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Prince Harry’s decision to take an HIV test, live on social media, is a ground-breaking moment in the fight against HIV.

“Not only does it show His Royal Highness’s genuine and personal commitment to tackling the HIV epidemic, it will amplify a message to millions all over the world: testing for HIV is easy, quick and nothing to be feared.

“Today, Prince Harry has got people talking about HIV again and has normalised HIV testing to a global audience. In doing so, he could inspire a generation to take control of their sexual health.”

Prince Harry, whose results came back negative, also plans to attend the 21st International AIDS Conference next week.

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  1. […] Harry underwent an HIV test in July that was broadcast live on the royal family’s Facebook page to show people just how simple it is to get tested. […]

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