Prince Harry urges HIV testing in new PSA: It’s ‘not something to be ashamed’ about

Prince Harry is urging everyone to be like him and take an HIV test.

“Taking an HIV test is something to be proud of – not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about,” the 34-year-old royal says in a new public service announcement released Friday. “There is still too much stigma which is stopping so many of us from getting a simple, quick and easy test.”

“We won’t bring an end to HIV until testing is seen as completely normal and accessible to everyone,” he says

Within the PSA launched in the beginning of National HIV Testing Week, Prince Harry trumpets that the United Kingdom has seen “an incredible” 28 percent decline in new HIV diagnoses over the last two years. Increased testing for HIV (the Human Immunodeficiency Virus) which causes AIDS, is a “major cause in the shift, he says.

“This is no time for complacency,” he warns.

Prince Harry, back from last month’s 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific with wife Meghan, wears an AIDS awareness red ribbon in the PSA. In it, he says he had been tested two years ago: “It was actually really easy.”

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