Prince Harry on Fight to End AIDS: 'We Cannot Lose a Sense of Urgency' (Exclusive)

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Prince Harry urged world leaders and adovcates that, despite recent treatments, there's no room for complaceny in fighting HIV/AIDS worldwide.

"We now face a new risk risk of complacency," he said at the 21st International AIDS Conference this week. "AIDS is a topic that has drifted from the headlines. We risk a real drift of funding and of action. We cannot lose a sense of urgency."

The English prince thanked the efforts of Sir Elton John, ACT UP, and his mother, Princess Diana, for the advances that have lessened the stigma surrounding the disease.

"When my mother held the hand of a man dying of AIDS in an East London hospital, no one would have imagined that just over a quarter of a century later, treatment would exist that could see HIV-positive people live full, healthy loving lives," he said.

Prince Harry is following in his mother's footsteps by continuing to remove stigma around the disease and HIV testing. He livestreamed his own HIV test on Facebook this summer.

Watch his full speech below.

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