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Prince Harry has HIV test to raise awareness of virus

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/07/2016

Prince Harry being tested for HIV by psychosexual counsellor Robert Palmer during a visit to the Burrell Street Sexual Health Centre
Prince Harry being tested for HIV by psychosexual counsellor Robert Palmer during a visit to the Burrell Street Sexual Health Centre

Prince Harry has led by example and been tested for HIV as he continues his campaign to raise awareness about tackling the virus.

He confessed he was "nervous" before the simple finger-prick procedure at a London sexual health clinic.

After a few moments the result came back negative, and a relieved Harry stuck out his tongue.

It was the first time a member of the royal family had been publicly tested for HIV and was akin to the efforts of his late mother Diana to break down the stigma surrounding the disease.

Ian Green, who is chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, praised the prince for his "genuine and personal commitment to tackling HIV".

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