Two weeks ago, Prince Harry was broadcast live on the Royal Family’s Facebook page taking an instant HIV test with the help of the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), Britain’s big HIV charity.
THT’s Medical Director, Michael Brady, said:
“We know that one in six people living with HIV do not know that they have it. Testing puts you in control and, thanks to treatment, will 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 important that we continue looking for new ways to make HIV testing more accessible to those most at risk, and why it’s fantastic to see the very tangible and immediate impact of Prince Harry’s support for HIV testing.”
Not only did his Royal Hotness help break down stigma surrounding a virus that remained taboo for over 30 years, but his public testing boosted sales of HIV self-testing kits to over 4750 BioSure kits (at home HIV self test kits.) The kit, gives a result in 15 minutes and doesn’t require Facebook Live, that is unless you are a sweetheart, ginger royal.