Prince Harry has met with gay men and other minorities living with HIV for an awareness campaign.
The 32-year-old royal is carrying on with his mother’s work after spending time with London sexual health charity Naz, a group made of sexual and racial minorities aiming to help people ‘live life to the fullest’.
The meeting yesterday came after he was tested for HIV live on Facebook in July.
Speaking at the International AIDS conference, he praised activists like Elton John and Nelson Mandela – as well as his mother Princess Diana – for the work that has been done to spread awareness of HIV and AIDS.
‘When my mother held the hand of a man dying of AIDS in an East London hospital, no one would have imagined that just over a quarter of a century later treatment would exist that could see HIV-positive people live full, healthy, loving lives,’ he said.
‘But we now face a new risk – the risk of complacency.
‘As people with HIV live longer, AIDS is a topic that has drifted from the headlines. And with that drift of attention, we risk a real drift of funding and of action to beat the virus.
The prince added: ‘What I believe is that we cannot beat HIV without giving young people in every country the voice they deserve.
‘Without education and without empowerment, HIV will win.’
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December.