Britain’s Prince Harry became the first royal to publicly take the Pin- prick HIV test, which was broadcast live on the Royal Family’s Facebook page. Harry’s mother, Princess of Wales Diana was an outspoken supporter of AIDS charities. During the visit to Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital, Prince Harry decided to take the test live on social media to raise awareness of the disease.
Within a minute of the test, Prince Harry’s result came as negative. The royal, who is passionate about ending shame around the illness, said he took the test to show how easy it is.
Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust said, “Prince Harry’s decision to take an HIV test, live on social media, is a groundbreaking 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.
“We have a real opportunity to end HIV transmissions in the UK, but it starts with each person knowing their HIV status.
“Too many people are either put off testing by the stigma that still surrounds HIV, or simply do not think HIV is an issue anymore.
“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.
“Thanks to treatment, testing for HIV could stop you from getting seriously ill, enable you to live a normal lifespan and prevent you from passing the virus on to anyone else. That’s why it’s so invaluable to have Prince Harry’s support as we aim to bust stigma and end the HIV epidemic.”
Prince Harry, then told the newspaper: “I don’t consciously channel myself down certain avenues specifically because I think my mum would be proud. But she sure as hell would be proud of me, hopefully, that I’m doing it.”