Following in the footsteps of his mother, Prince Harry continues to fight to end the stigma associated with HIV. On Tuesday, the 32-year-old further empowered a group of people living with the disease to come out of the shadows.
Harry was visiting Naz, a sexual health charity located in London, for an event to promote HIV awareness. Before the event, Harry watched the charity's HIV-positive Joyful Noise Choir warm up by singing Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry."
After their performance, Harry wanted to pose with some of the choir members in a photo. However, only about five of the 25 choir members were initially willing to take the photo with Harry. Many of the choir members were reportedly too fearful to make their illness so public.
That's when Harry delivered a passionate speech to the group about how the world can eradicate HIV.
"I don't want to be here in 10 years talking to you guys and saying we're making a difference. There's no reason why we can't turn this around in two or three years," Harry told them. "Not talking about something can actually kill you. People are happy to talk about their youngest child having cancer, that might even kill them, but the other child who has HIV, they don't talk about that."
Harry then stressed to them the need to speak out about the disease.
"Thirty years ago it was pretty much a death sentence but so many people have put blood, sweat and tears into essentially fixing the problem," he said. "We have got to do this and people have got to hear it from you, they don't want to hear it from me."
Minutes after Harry's empowering speech, most of the choir members bravely joined him for the photo.
Even though there are over 36 million people worldwide with HIV, the stigma is still out there. One recent study suggested that cultural expectations of masculinity might impact the degree of the stigma for some HIV-positive men.
But awareness efforts are making a difference. In fact, several of the choir members described Harry's HIV test on Facebook Live as "one of the greatest things you ever did".
"It was one of the easiest things I ever did," Harry told them.