Prince Harry has called on the public 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 prince made the remarks at the Attitude magazine awards on Thursday night, where Diana, Princess of Wales, was posthumously honored with the legacy award 20 years after her death. Princess Diana was instrumental in destigmatizing the disease when she kissed an HIV patient on his forehead, long before we knew much about the disease.
Picking up the prize on her behalf, Harry delivered a heartfelt speech about her impact on people affected by HIV and AIDS. Harry has become a global HIV activist in recent years and raised awareness for testing and addressing stigma.
After stepping on to the stage to applause and accompanied by the Adam & the Ants hit 'Prince Charming,' he said: “I often wonder about what she would be doing to continue the fight against HIV and AIDS if she were still with us today.
“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 UK, that we must all embrace regular testing – both for our own sake and for those that we love."