Prince Harry and Rihanna made a public HIV test to convey a powerful statement about the disease.
The two shared the spotlight on World AIDS Day on Thursday and Barbados’ 50th Indepence anniversary. Harry and RiRi took a public HIV finger-prick test to show how easy it is to be tested for the disease.
In one interview, the two discussed the importance of an HIV test. Prince Harry pointed out that many are wary to get tested due to the stigma surrounding the illness. “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,” the prince said.
The tests came back negative for the two.
Apparently, it was Harry who arranged for the public HIV testing after speaking to Rihanna when the prince delivered a speech at a concert to celebrate Barbados’ 50th anniversary the night before. This was the second time in five months for Harry to take the test. The British royal has been campaigning to remove the stigma in the HIV issue and encourage everyone to get tested.
Harry and the Diamond singer’s HIV testing marked the prince’s 11th day of his two-week official visit to the Caribbean. The royal also made a stop at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, which he last visited in 2010. There, he went to the pediatric ward and gave his warmest hug to the patients.
The prince and Rihanna met several times during Harry’s stay in Barbados. They were first introduced at an afternoon event in Bridgetown, Barbados. Then they sat next to each other on stage at a benefit concert that evening, BBC reported.
Meanwhile, the two recently grabbed headlines due to their respective romance stories.
Prince Harry admitted last month his relationship with Suit actress Megan Markle. He also appealed to the public to respect Markle’s privacy and safety.
Rihanna, on the other hand, was last linked to fellow singer Drake.