Prince Harry calls for regular HIV and Aids testing

Leslie Hanson
October 13, 2017

Prince Harry, 33, took to the stage at London's Camden Roundhouse to collect the award on behalf of his mother and pay tribute to her hard work to raise awareness around the issue of HIV.

Princess Diana was posthumously awarded the Attitude Legacy Award, presented in the 20th anniversary year of her death.

The posthumous award recognises the significance of the work Diana, Princess of Wales did, in challenging the stigma and fear that surrounded HIV and Aids in the 1980s and 1990s.

Harry said she understood the disease created a risky situation "when mixed with homophobia".

He mentioned the famous photograph of his mother shaking hands with a dying AIDS patient in a hospice and said she knew exactly what she was doing.

Also pictured inside: Harry in a tux at the 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner on Wednesday night.

Diana notably shook hands and kissed the cheek of an Aids patient to prove that the virus could not be transferred through casual contact.

"Very few individuals had the power to change the mindset of millions of people at that time, but Diana knew that she was one of them-and she chose to wield her power to improve the lives of gay men suffering with HIV/Aids", he continued.

If she were still alive, he said she "would be demanding" free and available testing and treatment for people all across the world.

"William and I are incredibly proud of what our mother achieved and we thank you for awarding her the Legacy Award", he concluded to applause.

"In the year before my mother's death, the first truly effective anti-retroviral treatments were developed for HIV and AIDS".

"She did not live to see this treatment become widely available and save countless lives in the United Kingdom and around the world".

Upon accepting the award, Prince Harry detailed how his mom got involved in various causes for HIV, AIDS and the LGBT.

Getty Images Prince Harry meets nursing staff during his visit to Mildmay hospital, a dedicated HIV hospital, to mark the opening of the new objective built facility at Mildmay Hospital on December 14, 2015 in London, England. "To try and make a difference".

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