Prince Harry joined pop superstar Rihanna in a noble cause on world AIDS day to make an important statement.
Prince Harry was in Barbados on Thursday, where they are celebrating the country’s 50th anniversary of independence, during his two-week tour of the Caribbean.
The pair turned the spotlight on the fight against AIDS by demonstrating the test’s simplicity getting tested in front of cameras.
The royal and Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna took their tests in the center of Bridgetown in the volunteers stands.
The video shows Prince Harry jokingly asking the medical professional not to take all his blood, making a couple of puppy dog faces along the way.
His new Barbadian friend did not flinch when she got her finger pricked, turning to the Prince saying: ”you made it seem like it hurt.”
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 1, 2016
Kensington Palace announced that the Prince underwent the HIV finger-prick test ”to show how easy it is to be tested for HIV” while encouraging men to get tested.
The pair also gave a brief interview discussing the importance of the test.
”The younger generation coming through want to talk about it, but there’s still that stigma. If us getting testing normalizes it and makes a difference, even a small difference, then job well done,” Harry said.
”I was so excited to find out that it was so easy, and the results come back that quickly. You can find out literally on the spot, your status, and it’s very discreet,” said pop queen, Rihanna.
Prince Harry has for a while now actively worked towards de-stigmatizing getting tested. In July, he underwent a live HIV test on Facebook which registered over two million views.
Reports say the live Facebook test caused a huge spike in orders of a free at-home test kit.
United Nations joint programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says over 36 million people around the world were living with HIV last year.
December 1, which is world AIDS day, is set aside to promote awareness about the disease while remembering those who it killed.