Prince Harry joins other influencers, like Miss Universe, who are working to slam the stigma and fear associated with HIV testing. It is estimated that 17.1 million people who are infected with HIV are not aware of their diagnosis, and thus are not receiving the proper treatment and could potentially be putting others at risk. Research shows that early diagnosis of HIV can help an individual better manage the virus.
By highlighting the quick process, the prince is giving a public platform to a necessary health measure. It’s important to take the steps to get tested in order to, as the doctor testing Harry points out, “enjoy a good healthy sex life, enjoy working [and] enjoy retirement.”
And while the importance of testing is no laughing matter, the prince still managed to show off some of his cheeky charm in the video.
“So whether you’re a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever, even ginger, why wouldn’t you come and have a test?” Harry asked.
“[Patients] can feel much better, straight away,” he explained, agreeing with the prince's assessment that simply getting folks in the door is often half the battle.
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