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The young royal is raising HIV/AIDS awareness and leading by example.
By
Jody Phan

15 Jul 2016 - 10:55 AM  UPDATED 15 Jul 2016 - 11:52 AM

Prince Harry was tested for HIV at a London hospital while broadcasting live on the British royal family’s Facebook page.

The 31-year-old, who tested negative, underwent the test--which involves a finger prick to draw blood and yield results within minutes--at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital on Thursday "to show how easy it is to get tested."

Harry co-founded his Sentebale charity a decade ago to help break down the stigma around HIV and launched his “Feel No Shame” campaign last month with the backing of the British royal family.

"Gay, straight, black, white, ginger, whatever — why wouldn’t you just have a test?" Harry said during the live broadcast.

"We all shouldn’t be on the other side of the river saying, 'You should get the test,'" he added. "It should be normalised. Everybody should get it."

"Gay, straight, black, white, ginger, whatever — why wouldn’t you just have a test?"

Following the broadcast, Harry was praised on social media by Elton John, who saluted the prince for carrying on the work of his mum Princess Diana.

"In 1991, Princess Diana moved a mountain by addressing the stigma surrounding people living with HIV/AIDS. She showed the world we could safely wrap our arms around AIDS patients, by shaking hands with a patient without gloves," wrote the Grammy-winning entertainer.

"We've made huge strides since then in the treatment of the disease. People now live long, happy lives with HIV, when the virus is effectively managed with anti-retrovirals. Despite this amazing progress, most people today are still frightened and stigmatised at the notion of taking an HIV test.”

"In 1991, Princess Diana moved a mountain by addressing the stigma surrounding people living with HIV/AIDS."

Elton continued, "Today in London, Prince Harry gave that stigma a knock on the head by showing the world how easy and simple it is to take an HIV test. Bravo Prince Harry! Your mother would be so proud of you."

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