Everyone should get tested for HIV — even Royals! A ‘nervous’ Prince Harry made a monumental step in raising HIV awareness, broadcasting his test live on Facebook to show how important it is to be safe. He even shared his results! Click to watch.
Three cheers for Prince Harry, 31. The young member of the British Royal Family wanted to prove how easy it is for anyone to take a HIV test. Instead of talking about it, he decided to get tested himself – and he invited the whole world to watch!
While at the Guys and St. Thomas Hospital in London, England on July 14, Prince Harry live streamed his test through The Royal Family’s official Facebook page. With so many people watching, Harry hoped that this public gesture would help “de-stigmatize” the test. Yet, even he admitted that he felt a bit scared!
“Even being the person I am, and knowing the type of people I’m around,” Prince Harry said before Robert Palmer, the psycho-sexual counselor, conducted the test, “I’m still nervous.” All it took was a prick of Harry’s finger, and he said it “didn’t even hurt.” The results were revealed in just a minute and Harry was revealed to be HIV free!
“Prince Harry’s decision to take a HIV test, live on social media, is a groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV,” Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said, per the Daily Mail. “Not only does 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.”
Though Harry received a clean bill of health, he made sure to emphasize that a HIV diagnosis wasn’t a death sentence. “If was [positive], then we’d have a conversation,” Harry said, before confirming with Robert that a person with HIV could “still have a partner,” and have a long, healthy life. Hopefully, thanks to Harry’s bravery to show how easy it is, more people will go out and get tested.
What do you think about Harry live streaming his HIV test, HollywoodLifers? Do you think people will follow his advice and go get checked out?