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Prince Harry has teamed up with rugby player Gareth Thomas. The Duke of Sussex took to Instagram to share an important video.
- Prince Harry has teamed up with rugby player Gareth Thomas to raise awareness for an important cause.
- The Duke of Sussex took to social media to share a poignant video in honour of National HIV Testing Week.
- In other royal news, Princess Eugenie shared an adorable throwback snap that fans loved.
Prince Harry took to Instagram to show his support for National HIV Testing Week.
The Duke shared a video of him speaking to rugby player Gareth Thomas, who used his own HIV diagnosis to educate others around the subject.
Alongside the video, the caption read, ‘National HIV Testing Week.
‘Today marks the start of National HIV Testing Week, so let’s “Give HIV the finger!” By getting a quick finger prick test you can help eradicate the stigma surrounding the virus and normalise getting tested.
‘Last week, The Duke of Sussex joined forces with @gareththomasofficial and The Terrence Higgins Trust to raise awareness for the importance of getting tested, even if you don’t feel at risk. The Duke’s dedication to this space is an extension of his mother’s legacy, and something he is proud to advocate.
‘An estimated 1 in 14 people in the UK live with HIV and are still undiagnosed. Please get tested for you and those around you – let’s all help smash the stigma and normalise it for others.
‘To find out more about how to get tested or National #HIVTestWeek, please visit @ThtOrgUK’.
In the candid video, Gareth spoke about how his diagnosis inspired him to educate others about living with the virus and encourage people to get tested to save their lives.
“We do so much around our health – going to the dentist, going to the doctor. But when it comes to sexual health testing there’s the stigma and fear around it,” said Gareth.
“We need to re-educate people to know that where we are now with HIV it is not a death sentence, it’s not and I am living proof.”
“I believe in what you’re doing,” Prince Harry told the sportsman, “it’s amazing”.
“I have a new purpose now,” said Gareth. “I want to do whatever I can to remove the fear people have about testing for HIV and just do it.
“Because I wasn’t educated about HIV, I thought I had been given a death sentence when I was diagnosed and I don’t want anyone else to go through that.
“I take one pill a day which keeps me healthy, means I have absolutely no fear of passing on HIV to my husband and means I’m fit enough to do an Ironman.”
Well done to Prince Harry and Gareth for their work on the subject.