Prince Harry And Rihanna Take HIV Test On World AIDS Day To Fight Stigma
Prince Harry and his pop singer pal Rihanna took an HIV test on camera on World AIDS Day to raise HIV/AIDS awareness, and to dispel stigma surrounding the disease.
The pair, who appeared on stage together on Wednesday night at Barbados’s 50th anniversary of independence celebrations, had the finger prick procedure during a visit to a HIV drop-in centre targeting Bajan men in the capital Bridgetown.
The Prince had persuaded Rihanna to take the test with him when he chatted to the singer backstage at the concert.
The famous pair also had a rather frank sex discussion with an HIV counselor in Barbados.
Said social worker Fabian Sargeant:
“One of the myths is that royalty don’t have sex,” before adding, “Another myth is that royalty does not engage in oral sex.”
Onlookers laughed, amid the discussion.
Similar to last year, when Prince Harry took an HIV Test during a live Facebook broadcast, Kensington Palace and The Royal Family shared video footage of Prince Harry and Rihanna taking their HIV tests to the social media site.
Both Harry and Rihanna's tests came back negative.
December 1st is World Aids Day; during his visit to Barbados Prince Harry has seen how the country has eradicated mother to baby HIV transmission, something to be proud of. However, there is still too much stigma on HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean- it’s time to end it.
Barbados has committed to offer treatment to all people with HIV – if you get tested, you will get treatment, and you’ll live a long, happy life. If we all get tested, we can shatter the stigma on HIV for everyone.
Prince Harry carries on the legacy of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who herself worked to dispel stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Back in September, HRH visited Mildmay Mission Hospital in east London, the same hospital where Princess Diana famously visited HIV/AIDS patients in 1989.