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New HIV risk is complacency, warns Prince Harry

Published 22/07/2016

Prince Harry has warned the fight against HIV faces the threat of complacency as he followed in the footsteps of his mother Princess Diana in the battle against the disease.

Speaking at a summit in Durban, South Africa, he said: “When my mother held the hand of a man dying of AIDS in an east London hospital, no one would have imagined that... treatment would exist that could see HIV-positive people live full, healthy, loving lives. But we now face a new risk — complacency.

“AIDS is a topic that has drifted from the headlines. And with that drift of attention, we risk a real drift of funding.

“We can’t lose a sense of urgency, because, despite all the progress, HIV remains among the most pressing and urgent of global challenges.”

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