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Published: Sun, July 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Prince Harry takes instant HIV test to raise awareness

Prince Harry takes instant HIV test to raise awareness

Broadcasted live on Facebook, Prince Harry of Wales went on an HIV test on Thursday, July 14 at Guys and St. Thomas Hospital.

The Kensington Palace posted the video's link in his Twitter feed and a photo of the young royal as he took the test, which only took less than four minutes.

Harry admitted he was nervous, but was soon put at ease when blood was easily taken from a finger on his left hand and he was given the result while still in the room.

But of course, the idea of a needle - big or small, is enough to give us all a bit of anxiety and the prince is no exception.

Prince Harry, whose late mother, Princess Diana, was a notable early advocate of HIV/AIDS sufferers, said he was nervous prior to taking the test, but once it was under way he appeared to relax a little.

The prick took place and Prince Harry said, "Weirdly, that didn't even hurt".

Even if Prince Harry's result came out with one dot, he pointed out the people infected with HIV can still live a normal life. He had his finger pricked and nearly instantly got the result (which was negative, by the way).

The Terrence Higgins Trust called it a "groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV". The test came back within minutes as negative.

After the test, the Prince of Wales encouraged everyone to test themselves for HIV. If two spots had materialised he would have needed further tests to confirm whether he was HIV-positive.

Healthy Harry is helping tackle the stigma surround HIV testing by getting one himself - while streaming it live on social media.

About 36.7 million people were living with HIV worldwide at the end of 2015, according to the World Health Organization, and 17 million people were on antiretroviral therapy.

Latest figures from Public Health England in 2014 estimated 18,100 people in the United Kingdom alone were unaware of their infection and at risk of unknowingly passing on the virus.

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