Britain’s Prince Harry warned against “risks of complacency” in the fight against AIDS on Thursday, saying that improvements in the treatment of HIV infections should not make the international community “lose a sense of urgency.”
Harry made the call in an ongoing conference, in Durban which will end on Friday.
“As people with HIV live longer, AIDS has drifted from the headlines, in order not to see HIV as something shameful, young people need support.
“It is time to step up and to acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to defeating this disease,” Harry said at an AIDS conference in the South African city of Durban.
Harry also stressed the need for African youths to be given the necessary information and means to combat AIDS.
The disease is the biggest cause of death among people aged between 11 and 19 years on the continent.
“Just imagine what would happen if throughout Africa, children were given the tools to protect their health.
“We would change the direction of history for an entire generation, Harry said.
According to the report, the, conference comprises of 18,000 experts from 180 countries.
It said that the prince had taken an HIV test in London last week before attending ago. (dpa/NAN)