Prince Harry took a HIV blood test live on Facebook Thursday to raise awareness for the condition.
The 31-year-old prince took the test at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London and broadcasted it live to the Royal Family’s Facebook page to demonstrate how easy it is.
The video shows an unidentified health workers walking Harry through the procedure and telling him the result will be almost instantaneous.
“We call it either a reactive or non-reactive results,” the man told the Prince. “If it was reactive it would be sent to the lab to confirm the result.”
The prince admitted to being nervous but put on a brave face as he was pricked on the finger. In just a matter of moments, the results come in and fortunately, Prince Harry tested negative.
The healthcare worker tells Harry had the result been “reactive,” he would have been advised to get another blood test from a hospital to confirm the diagnosis. But he reassures the public that even people who tested positive for HIV “lead long, full lives,” by managing the condition with medication.
A relieved Harry quips, “Gay, straight, black, white, ginger, whatever — why wouldn’t you just have a test? Even people who aren’t at risk, if we’re trying to de-stigmatize the testing, my understanding is we all shouldn’t be on the other side of the river saying ‘you should get the test,’ it should be normalized, everybody should get it.”
The Terrence Higgins Trust also commended the young prince on getting a public HIV test and called it a “groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV.”
“Today, Prince Harry has got people talking about HIV again and has normalized HIV testing to a global audience. In doing so, he could inspire a generation to take control of their sexual health,” said Ian green, the chief executive of the organization. “Thanks to treatment, testing for HIV could stop you from getting seriously ill, enable you to live a normal lifespan and prevent you from passing the virus on to anyone else. That’s why it’s so invaluable to have Prince Harry’s support as we aim to bust stigma and end the HIV epidemic.”
Over 103,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV in the United Kingdom and an average of 6,000 people are diagnosed every year. The prince has followed in his mother, Princess Diana’s, footsteps and is committed to tackling the disease and the stigma surrounding it.