Rihanna Gets a Live HIV Test With Prince Harry's Support

The pop star and British royal joined forces to destigmatize the procedure

By Samantha Schnurr Dec 01, 2016 5:19 PMTags
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Rihanna wants you to get tested. 

In honor of World AIDS Day, the international pop icon joined forces with Prince Harry in her native Barbados to advocate on behalf of the disease and work to prevent its spread. 

On Thursday, the two public figures had their blood taken at an HIV drop-in center in the country's capital as a sign of solidarity. While getting their fingers pricked, Rihanna laughed at the British royal for making her think it would be painful. 

"You made it seem like it hurts," she joked. "It's not as painful as you said this morning."

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While their tests came back negative, Harry wanted to highlight the ease and importance of seeking testing and antiretroviral medication if necessary to combat the virus. "Because of the success of these drugs, which is great, we are now suffering from complacency and risk going back 10 or 20 years," he said. 

Princess Diana's youngest son has spent the last year championing on behalf of the HIV and AIDS community much like his late mother. However, it wasn't his first live HIV test for the public. In July, he got tested for HIV on Facebook to destigmatize the procedure.  

"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?"

At the end of June, he organized a charity concert headlined by Coldplay to raise money for Sentebale, a charity he founded to help children—many infected with HIV and AIDS—in Lesotho, South Africa.

The following month, he took the stage with Sir Elton John at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, a country where HIV and AIDS are still prominent.

"It is time for us to step up to make sure no young person feels any shame in asking for an HIV test," he told the crowd in South Africa. "It is time for us to step up to make sure that girls and boys with HIV aren't kept from playing with their friends, classmates, and neighbors.It is time for us to step up and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to us defeating this disease once and for all."