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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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Here’s what memories are made of: good friends; great holidays; family, and laughing until your belly hurts.

Sure, we all love a killer pair of stilettos (and yes, we’re still saving up for Louboutins), but ultimately, almost all of us are wise enough to recognise that it’s the little things in life that matter.

And while we still wouldn’t mind giving the millionaire, jet-set lifestyle a go at some stage (just to see if it would suit us), looking after your health is infinitely more important.

Which is why it’s vital that you attend your free smear test once you turn 25. OK sure, no one wakes up and says: “Oh brilliant! Today I get to go for a smear. Fantastic altogether,” but it’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s free. It could save your life too.

CervicalCheck has so far provided more than 2m tests and it remains the most effective method of reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer.

Every women aged between 25 and 60 should have a regular CervicalCheck smear test (every three years until the age of 44 and then, following two normal results, every five years until the age of 60), even if they:

  • Have had the HPV vaccine
  • Have only had one sexual partner
  • Have been with their partner for a while
  • Have been through the menopause
  • Are no longer having sex
  • Are in a same-sex relationship

So make sure you tell your sisters, cousins, friends, mums, daughters, aunts, and anyone else who will listen that they should check online when their next smear test is due.

You’ll find everything you need at www.cervicalcheck.ie or if you’d rather, you can freephone 1800 45 45 55.

 

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Another hit from Buzzfeed. Their staff have bravely opted in to taste test our Irish delicacies. Some of what they are treated to include  Tayto’s, Cadbury’s Turkish Delight and black pudding to which they refer to as ‘blood sausage’. We also have a problem with their choice of Tayto’s. Smoky bacon? Surely we’re more renowned for the cheese and onion!

The video is pretty hilarious and well worth a look. Anyone wanna try an ‘Irish taste tests American food’ version? Now that’d be worth a watch!

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These popular brain teasers aren’t as easy as they seem!

Pause the video after each riddle if you don’t want to cheat, or scribble them down and challenge that annoying know-it-all mate to get them all right.

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