World Aids Day: Prince Harry Urges Everyone to Take HIV Test
Prince Harry has spoken about the importance of HIV testing ahead of World Aids Day (01.12.16).
The 34-year-old royal has urged everyone to undergo a HIV test for the potentially deadly virus that attacks the immune system.
Speaking with HIV practitioner, Dr. Amok Kumar, Harry said: “I want to say to everyone who hadn’t been tested – get tested, regardless of who you are, your background, culture or religion.
“Because of the success of these drugs, which is great, we are now suffering from complacency and risk going back 10 or 20 years.”
The flame-haired hunk told Dr. Kumar that there is “no excuse” for not having the simple test.
According to the Daily Express newspaper, he said: “In a culture where we are obsessed with what we look like, and fitness – if you don’t know your status then that’s incredibly irresponsible.”
Today (01.12.16), World AIDS Day, Harry will be visiting the National HIV/AIDS Commission’s ‘Man Aware’ event at Heroes Square.
Earlier this year, Harry’s HIV test lead to a five-fold increase in testing for the infection.
He has inspired young people to get tested after he himself underwent the simple test earlier this month live on the internet.
The Terrence Higgins Trust set up a pilot scheme to offer the medical screening to thousands of people for free and has praised Harry for encouraging people to be checked after underwent his own test live on Facebook.
Taking to their official Twitter page, they wrote: “Brilliant! Prince Harry’s #HIV test plea led to a five-fold increase in requests during our self test pilot (sic)”
Harry recently joined Sir Elton John in South Africa as he signed the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS’ ProTest wall where he questioned why anyone wouldn’t want to take the test.