Prince Harry has broadcast a live HIV test online in an effort to “destigmatise” the process.
In a video on the Royal Family’s official Facebook page, the Prince received an instant HIV test – which gives results in around one minute – live from Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital.
Although he admitted he was “still nervous” at the beginning, the broadcast was designed to encourage people to get themselves tested and show how simple it can be.
Harry said: “Whether you’re a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever – even ginger – why wouldn’t you come and have a blood test?”
Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, praised the Royal’s decision to take part in a live test on social media as a “groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV”.
He continued: “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.”
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Watch the moment below: