Prince Harry broadcast his HIV test live on social media to encourage others get tested for the virus. A quick prick of his finger followed by a minute blood test was all it took to reveal his status as HIV negative.
The 31-year-old British royalty shared the experience on Facebook Live to show others how easy it was to get tested for the virus, which despite overall declining rates in recent decades, has shown a rise among younger generation in the last few years. Kensington Palace posted a link to the video along with photos from its Twitter feed. “Prince Harry believes his generation needs to take leadership in the fight against HIV, or risk losing the gains of those who’ve come before,” the tweet said.
The whole process — from the finger jab to discussing the results — took about five minutes. “It’s amazing how quick it is,” Harry said. After getting the results, he encouraged others to get tested, noting that the virus is no longer a death sentence and people with HIV can live long, fulfilling lives with treatment. “It’s better that everyone goes and gets tested. Why wouldn’t you? Whether you’re a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever, even ginger, why wouldn’t you come and have a test?” he said.