The duo visited the country of Barbados to help spread awareness about the disease.

By Faith Brar
Updated: December 01, 2016

In honor of World AIDS Day, Prince Harry and Rihanna joined forces to make a powerful statement on HIV. The duo was in Rihanna's native country of Barbados when they underwent an HIV finger-prick test "to show how easy it is to be tested for HIV," Kensington Palace announced on Twitter.

For the past few years, Prince Harry has put a lot of hard work and effort into removing the negative stigma surrounding HIV as an illness. In fact, this is his second time publically testing himself, hoping to encourage others to do the same.

The 32-year-old royal and Rihanna took the test in the center of Bridgetown, the country's capital, hoping to draw a big crowd so that their message could reach as many people as possible.

Even though the island-country has completely eradicated mother-to-baby HIV transmission, their National HIV/AIDS program states that men have a greater risk of contracting the disease and are more likely to be diagnosed later in life.

Local campaigns hope that the presence of inspirational celebrities and activists like Rihanna and Prince Harry will encourage more men to take the test and feel more comfortable talking about the disease.



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