Watch Prince Harry take a live HIV test

Prince Harry wants the public to know just how easy it is to monitor their health and get tested for HIV, so he hopped into the examining chair and had one done on Thursday (July 14). The only difference? The royal broadcast his test from Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital in London on Facebook Live for all the world to see.

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The Prince urged everyone to go into hospital and take a test, whether they think they're at risk or not.

He added with a joke: "So whether you're a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever – even ginger – why wouldn't you come and have a test?"


Prince Harry about to get his finger pricked
Prince Harry joked that "even gingers" should take a test

Harry, 31, admitted that he was "nervous" as he sat down with a medic. He was then instructed to wash his hands before he had his finger pricked.

"Once you've got people through the door, that's the hardest bit out the way," said Harry.

"You can see for yourself the result while you're in the room," said the medic. "And we can respond to that straight away."

"It's amazing how quick it is, some blood tests you have to wait weeks for," said Harry.

The Prince then asked questions, reiterating that the test would only take a minute.

"And it's literally just me [in the room]?" said Harry.

"It would just be me and you," the medic replied.

"And here I can tell you, you have an HIV non-reactive result," he added, showing Harry his results. "I think what you've proved today is that it's important for everybody to come and do this."

His test and result was broadcast live on Facebook

The Queen's grandson rejected an offer of a plaster, laughing: "It's fine. I'll be alright. You've covered me in my own blood!"

Ian Green, chief executive of sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, praised Harry's decision as 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," he said in a statement.

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