How much do we love those Royals? Not only are the littlest ones completely adorable, the bigger ones are constantly surprising us with their social justice engagements. Prince William has really made the rounds lately, appearing on the cover of an LGBT magazine, penning a letter about child mental health and participating in Stand Up to Bullying. This week, it’s Harry‘s turn to make the world a little bit better.
Today on the Royal Family’s Facebook page, he live-streamed himself being tested for HIV to show just how easy it is, and to combat the stigma associated with the test. This process (known as a Rapid HIV test) takes about a minute, only requires ‘a little finger prick’ and yields a reactive or non-reactive result immediately, as Dr. Robert Palmer explained in the video. It’s really that easy. Harry talked about how even though he is who he is (we can only assume he means a prince) he was still nervous. He went on to ask what the biggest fear is for most people. Palmer answered that fear of not knowing is probably the worst. So get tested.
According to Harry it didn’t even hurt. Plus, it only takes a minute to get the result, unlike a lot of blood tests that can take up to a few weeks.
Although Harry got a non-reactive result, meaning everything is just fine (phew!), he went on to ask what the next steps would be for someone who gets the unfortunate reactive result (which doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone). He and Palmer talked through the process of blood tests, potential medication and telling your partner. They made sure to clarify that one can live a perfectly happy and healthy life even with a positive HIV result.
This video is an effort to de-stigmatize HIV testing, because the biggest danger is in not knowing. Harry reiterates that even those who are not considered ‘at risk’ should take the few minutes to get tested. If Prince Harry can get tested for HIV and receive his results in a public live-stream, we can all take a few minutes to get tested ourselves privately.
Look at those Royals, always looking out for us.