Prince Harry honors Princess Diana's Legacy, raises awareness on HIV and AIDS testing in PSA
The Prince featured in a video that informed the public about the importance of HIV testing and how the stigma attached to it needs to be removed
Prince Harry is honoring his mother Princess Diana's legacy in the best way possible. Marking the start of National HIV Testing Week in the UK, Harry starred in a PSA video to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS testing.
E!News reports that Prince Harry featured in the video that encourages people to erase the stigma surrounding HIV testing, reminiscent of the way his mother advocated the cause.
He begins by saying, "There's something to celebrate. New HIV diagnoses are declining in the UK Over the past two years alone, they have dropped by an incredible 28 percent nationally, and us getting tested has helped play a major role in this shift. But this is no time for complacency."
He added, "Within the UK alone, one in eight people living with the virus don't know that they have it, and four out of 10 people with the virus are diagnosed far too late—once they should have already started treatment."
"It's simple: by getting tested you are helping stop the HIV epidemic in its tracks. You are helping to save lives." — The Duke of Sussex at the start of #HIVTestWeek @THTorguk @startswith_me pic.twitter.com/qRfhTzZ4gV— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 17, 2018
Harry argued that unless the process of HIV testing "is seen as completely normal and accessible for everyone," there will be no end to the epidemic. Attempting to normalize the conversation surrounding HIV and AIDS, he said, "Just as much as you protect yourself at this time of year from illnesses and viruses like cold and flu, you can also protect your health by taking an HIV test."
He added, "Taking and HIV test is something to be proud of—not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about."
Recounting his own experience taking the test, he said, "Two years ago, I took a test. The whole process was actually really easy, the result came back within just a few minutes."
Anticipating possible apprehension people might feel while taking the test, he said, "You don't even have to go to a clinic to find out your status. During National HIV Testing Week, charities like Terrence Higgins Trust will be out and about in your local communities in places like churches, shopping centers and football matches—or you can test yourself in the privacy of your own home."
He continued, "And if you do get a positive result, you can get the treatment to live a healthy, happy life, and to ensure that you don't pass on the virus. It's simple. By getting tested, you are helping stop the HIV epidemic in its tracks. You are helping to save lives."
Towards the end of the announcement, he said it was a pivotal time in the fight against HIV. "If we can continue to make HIV testing the norm and empower young people to take control of their sexual health, we can be the generation to finally bring an end to HIV."
"By not getting tested, it could kill you," Harry added, encouraging people to learn more by visiting It Starts With Me.