Prince Harry calls for regular HIV and Aids testing

Prince Harry Accepts Award From Gay Magazine On Behalf Of Princess Diana's Historic AIDS Activism

Prince Harry Accepts Award From Gay Magazine On Behalf Of Princess Diana's Historic AIDS Activism

Prince Harry has called on all people to "embrace regular testing" for HIV and Aids as he paid tribute to his late mother's work in breaking down the stigma attached to the disease.

The popular royal, looking dashing in a tuxedo, was there to accept the legacy award on behalf of Princess Diana, and he spoke about her determination to raise the profile of HIV, with the aim to change the perception and lessen ignorance on the issue. She would, of course, be standing alongside those who are living openly as healthy, happy and HIV-positive.

In April 1987, Princess Diana opened the UK's first objective built HIV/Aids unit that exclusively cared for patients infected with the virus, at London Middlesex Hospital.

"So in that April, she shook the hand of a 32-year-old man with HIV in front of the cameras", he later said.

"She would be demanding that same access to treatment and testing for young people in Africa and across the world".

'William and I are incredibly proud of what our mother achieved'.

"I believe that she would be telling everyone across society - not just those most at risk - that with effective treatment being free and available in the United Kingdom, that we must all embrace regular testing - both for our own sake and for those that we love", he added.

"Very few individuals had the power to change the mindset of millions of people at that time, but Diana knew that she was one of them - and she chose to wield her power to improve the lives of gay men suffering with HIV/Aids".

"She knew that the misunderstanding of this relatively new disease was creating a risky situation when mixed with homophobia", the Prince explained.

Attitude unveiled a limited-edition cover with a photo of Diana by Patrick Demarchelier.

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