Prince Harry says HIV testing should become a norm

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Prince Harry has blood taken by Specialist Psychotherapist Robert Palmer as he takes an HIV test during a visit to Burrell Street Sexual Health Clinic on July 14, 2016 in London, England. Prince Harry was visiting the clinic, run by Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation to promote the importance of getting tested for HIV and other STDs. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry thinks that the only way to tackle HIV completely is to test for it regularly without a fear of being stigmatized. Many of people are afraid to be tested for HIV because ‘other people might think they are gay or have a lot of sex with random people’. To tackle this stereotype in their minds it is necessary to spread awareness. People should be taught that a) there is nothing wrong about being gay, and even though MSM are at the higher risk, having sex with men is not the only way to transmit HIV b) sex is not the only way to transmit HIV in general. Preventing HIV is not defined by a number of sexual partners and sexual behavior, though, of course, having unprotected sex with random people increases the risk of being infected. If people understand it, there will be no stigma around HIV, they will finally realize that taking care of their health is their prime duty. “Taking an HIV test is something to be proud of – not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about. As much as you protect yourself at this time of year from illnesses and viruses like cold and flu, you can also protect your health by taking an HIV test,” said the royal.

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