Prince Harry has met with gay men and other minorities living with HIV for an awareness campaign.
Speaking at the International AIDS conference, he praised activists like Elton John and Nelson Mandela – as well as his mother Princess Diana – for the work that has been done to spread awareness of HIV and AIDS.
‘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.
‘But we now face a new risk – the risk of complacency.
‘As people with HIV live longer, AIDS is a topic that has drifted from the headlines. And with that drift of attention, we risk a real drift of funding and of action to beat the virus.
The prince added: ‘What I believe is that we cannot beat HIV without giving young people in every country the voice they deserve.
‘Without education and without empowerment, HIV will win.’
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December.