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HIV testing is easy—just ask Prince Harry.

To normalize and destigmatize HIV testing, the 31-year-old prince took a blood test Thursday and live-streamed the process via the British royal family's Facebook page. "It is amazing how quick it is," Prince Harry said after it was over. "So whether you're a man, woman, gay, straight, black or white—even ginger—why wouldn't you come an have a test?" Kensington Palace tweeted a few photos, adding, "It's a simple finger prick test and gives a nearly instant result!"

Robert Palmer, a lead health adviser and psychosexual counselor, conducted the procedure. Though the prince was "anxious," Palmer praised him for highlighting the cause. "It means this is a test for everybody—it doesn't matter who you are. It's a good idea to have an HIV test."

The prince tested negative.

In a press release, Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said, "Prince Harry's decision to take an HIV test, live on social media, is a groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV. Not only does it show His Royal Highness's genuine and personal commitment to tackling the HIV epidemic, it will amplify a message to millions all over the world: testing for HIV is easy, quick and nothing to be feared. We have a real opportunity to end HIV transmissions in the UK, but it starts with each person knowing their HIV status. Too many people are either put off testing by the stigma that still surrounds HIV, or simply do not think HIV is an issue anymore. Today, Prince Harry has got people talking about HIV again and has normalized HIV testing to a global audience. In doing so, he could inspire a generation to take control of their sexual health. Thanks to treatment, testing for HIV could stop you from getting seriously ill, enable you to live a normal lifespan and prevent you from passing the virus on to anyone else. That's why it's so invaluable to have Prince Harry's support as we aim to bust stigma and end the HIV epidemic."

Prince Harry is also planning to attend the 21st International AIDS Conference next Wednesday and Thursday. While visiting South Africa for the event, he will meet leaders in the fight against HIV and AIDS and will "highlight the importance of youth leadership" to confront the challenges the disease presents globally, according to a statement issued by royal officials last month. The prince will also share a stage with Elton John, a friend of his late mother, Princess Diana.

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