Prince Harry underwent an HIV test today that was broadcast live on the royal family’s Facebook page to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS.
The test, which involved a 1-minute pin prick, was performed at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospital in London. The 31-year-old prince tested negative for HIV.
Harry, who admitted to some nerves, said he took the test, “to show how easy it is to get tested.”
He added, “It’s amazing how quick it is.”
Harry, patron of the charity Sentebale, which raises awareness for HIV/AIDS, has pledged to increase the conversation around the once-taboo disease. Harry founded Sentebale, which means “forget me not,” in memory of his late mother, Princess Diana.
Diana famously championed AIDS awareness in her life and was one of the first pioneers to destigmatize the shame surrounding those with AIDS and HIV.
Kensington Palace announced last month that Prince Harry would be devoting a significant amount of his charitable work to HIV awareness to carry on his mother’s legacy.
Harry told viewers watching the Facebook live broadcast, “Gay, straight, black, white, ginger, whatever, why wouldn’t you just have a test?”
“We all shouldn’t be on the other side of the river saying, ‘You should get the test,'” he said. “It should be normalized. Everybody should get it.”
The fifth-in-line to the British throne will attend the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, next week. He is scheduled to speak alongside Sir Elton John and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho at the event.