Prince Harry has shared an important message in a video marking the start of National HIV Testing Week in the UK.
Kicking off today (17 November) and running until the 23 November, National HIV Testing Week is an opportunity to get tested and encourage others to do the same. No stigma attached.
That is why Prince Harry teamed up with Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, to prompt everyone to get tested.
HIV diagnoses have dropped in the UK
‘We can be the generation to finally bring an end to HIV,’ Prince Harry said in the video message.
The Duke of Sussex explained HIV diagnoses have dropped by 28% in the last year in the UK. This is an encouraging result, but there is still a lot to do in order to stop HIV.
He highlights that one in eight people living with the virus in the UK are unaware they have the virus.
Furthermore, four in ten people living with HIV are diagnosed too late.
Getting tested for HIV is like protecting yourself from cold and flu
Taking a simple test can prevent late diagnoses and untimely deaths, says Prince Harry.
‘Taking an HIV test is something to be proud of, not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about,’ he says.
‘As much as you protect yourself at this time of year from illnesses and viruses like cold and flu, you can also protect your health by taking an HIV test’.
Prince Harry got tested in 2016
He recalled his own experience getting tested two years ago. He said it was easy and that results came back just in a few minutes.
‘There is still too much stigma, which is stopping so many of us from getting a simple, quick and easy test,’ he also says.
‘We won’t bring an end to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus until testing is seen as completely normal and accessible for everyone.’
Watch the full video below:
Today is the start of National HIV Testing Week and The Duke of Sussex has shared an important message.
— Terrence Higgins Trust (@THTorguk) November 17, 2018
How to find out your HIV status
During National HIV Testing Week, charities like Terrence Higgins Trust will offer free HIV testing. Find out where to test locally via startswithme.org.uk.
Alternatively, you can order a free HIV postal test to test yourself in the privacy of your own home.