PRINCE HARRY gave the right royal finger to HIV by handing out self-testing kits.
He was at a pop-up clinic in east London for the launch of HIV testing week.
The prince said Britain had ‘turned a corner’ over public stigma about the illness as more people realised it was possible to have ‘healthy, happy lives’ with HIV.
He met volunteers and staff from the Terrence Higgins Trust, which has set up the temporary clinic in Homerton, and heard how a finger-prick test takes less than 15 minutes to determine if someone is HIV positive.
It was ‘irresponsible’ not to know your HIV status, said Harry. ‘I must stress to everyone how important it is (to get tested). The sooner the better,’ he said. Last year he had his own high-profile test alongside pop star Rihanna while on a visit to Barbados.
His message continues work pioneered by his mother, Princess Diana, who was credited with helping to alter attitudes by the simple act of clasping hands with a patient at the opening of the UK’s first purpose-built HIV/Aids unit 30 years ago.