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Prince Harry to Launch National HIV Testing Week

Prince Harry will launch this year’s National HIV Testing Week, attending the opening of an HIV pop-up shop in London.

The Prince will attend the opening of the Terrence Higgins Trust shop in Hackney, East London, on Wednesday November 15 .

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 12: Prince Harry talks after receiving a posthumous Attitude Legacy Award on behalf of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales (Photo by Frank Augstein – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Prince added that it was important for him as a straight man to take on the issue, to bust early misconceptions about HIV/AIDS being an exclusively ‘gay’ disease.

He said: “The issue itself needs a straight guy, mid-30s, to come in and try and normalise it. Once again, I’m fortunate enough to be in this position in order to make a difference.

The royal continued: “There’s so much stigma simply around a name or an acronym. It’s 2016 for god’s sake, we need to start rethinking this.

“Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. When you spell it out, you suddenly go, ‘it’s not actually that terrifying at all’.

“If you speak to someone who’s suffering from [AIDS], of course it’s terrifying because it can kill you, but the point I’m trying to make is, if you can’t even say the word without cringing or worrying or freaking out about it, how the hell are we going to help everybody and solve this problem before it gets too big?

“I think most people would admit that they’ve had sex without a condom, and there is always a moment, the next day probably, when you think to yourself, ‘I need to go and get a checkup’.”

“Let’s start in the UK, lead by example, and then help everybody else.”

 

More info at pinknews.co.uk