Prince Harry is well recognised for his charitable efforts, but today the 31-year-old Royal broke new ground when he was streamed taking a HIV test live from Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.
The Prince's test was broadcast live via Facebook in order to show the public just how easy being checked for HIV actually is and to help reduce the stigma which often surrounds the process.
Before the test began, Harry noted that despite his background just doing the test did make him feel nervous.
He said: “Even being the person I am and knowing the type of people I’m around, I’m still nervous.”
All the test involved was a simple finger prick and the results were almost immediate, but Harry was keen to stress that the hardest part of the HIV screening process is still getting people to take the first step.
He said to the medic: “Once you’ve got people through the door, that’s the hardest bit out of the way.”
After just a minute’s wait, the Prince was shown the result – it was negative.
Despite his good news, Harry eagerly explained to the camera what would happen if someone did receive a positive result.
He said: “If it was [positive] then we would be having a conversation…it is a life-changing moment but it is a series of events that ends up with me having potentially to take one pill a day for the rest of my life. [And I] can continue to have a partner.”
Harry showed his fun-loving attitude by joking: "So whether you're a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever – even ginger – why wouldn't you come and have a test?"
He added that in order to normalise HIV testing everyone should get checked, whether they believe they are at risk of having HIV or not.
Well done to Harry for using his status to highlight such an important issue.
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