World AIDS Day: Prince Harry and Rihanna take HIV tests to help tackle stigma
Prince Harry and pop superstar Rihanna have taken HIV tests to mark World AIDS Day.
The pair met locals on the island of Barbados, following a celebration of the island’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Prince Harry joked that taking the test would be painful, squirming as the nurse went to prick his finger.
It was the second time that Harry had taken a test in public in five months in an attempt to reduce the stigma surrounding the virus.
Moments later, Rihanna proved that she was tougher than the prince, saying: “You made it seem like it hurts.
“It’s not as painful as you said this morning.”
Both Prince Harry and Rihanna tested negative when their results came back 20 minutes later.
The prince follows in the footsteps of his mother, who famously campaigned to end the stigma around people with HIV AIDS.
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