Harry shares one of his biggest fears and vows to continue Dianas HIV work
Prince Harry has vowed to continue Princess Diana’s “unfinished work” on eliminating HIV stigma, adding that he is a man who wants to “fix things”.
Before her death in 1997, the Princess of Wales had been an advocate for battling the stigma surrounding people with HIV.
During the peak of the AIDS pandemic, Diana opened the UK’s first specialist HIV/AIDS unit at London’s Middlesex Hospital.
Harry has taken up his mother’s activism, supporting rugby legend Gareth Thomas with his ‘Tackle HIV’ project.
Now, the prince has sat down with Thomas for a special podcast episode, and discussed why he felt it was important to continue Diana’s legacy.
“One of my biggest fears is, this is unfinished business,” he admitted, suggesting the medical and scientific communities had achieved “extraordinary” success over the last 30 years.
“But how extraordinary could it be by 2030, for instance? Within the UK alone, we could be in a position where there are no new HIV cases," he continued.
“Those are the kind of goals that we have to strive for, but we also have to complete, otherwise as I say, it’s unfinished business.”
The ex-royal went on to promote an initiative encouraging everyone to get tested for HIV, emphasising the benefits of a hands-on, practical approach.
“Every single one of us has a duty, or at least an opportunity, to get tested ourselves to make it easier for everybody else to get tested,” he said.
“It will undoubtedly save a life, or at the very least, encourage someone who is living in fear to come forward and get to know their own status, which in turn will save a life.”
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“If there’s a way out of it, and we know there’s a solution, I’m like a typical guy, I just want to help fix things.”
Gareth announced that he had been diagnosed with HIV in 2019, and he admitted: “People still look at me in different ways.”
The Terrence Higgins Trust’s most recent estimates from 2019 suggest that there were 106,890 people living with HIV in the UK, with over 5000 of these cases undiagnosed.
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