Prince Harry Urges HIV Testing in Powerful New PSA: Getting Tested Is “Something to Be Proud Of”

"Just 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 is continuing Princess Diana’s HIV/AIDS advocacy work by starring in a PSA released over the weekend to mark the start of National HIV Testing Week in the U.K.

“There’s something to celebrate,” the Prince opens the video. “New HIV diagnoses are declining in the U.K. Over the past two years alone, they have dropped by an incredible 28 percent nationally, and us getting tested has helped play a major role in this shift.”

The father-to-be says just because diagnoses are dropping, people should not become content.

“Within the U.K. alone, one in eight people living with the virus don’t know that they have it, and four out of 10 people with the virus are diagnosed far too late—once they should have already started treatment.”

The Prince also spoke about the importance of erasing the stigma around getting tested.

“Just 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,” he says. “Taking an HIV test is something to be proud of—not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about.”

Though June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day in the U.S., the Center for Disease Control says some sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more being tested every 3 to 6 months.

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