Prince Harry is expected to attend the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam and will join advocates from his charity Sentebale to raise awareness of the problems teenagers who have the disease face.
During the Duke of Sussex’s two day visit, he will highlight the significance of the fight against HIV alongside Sir Elton John, who is also launching the MenStar coalition, a global AIDS organisation that aims to target HIV infection in men.
Continuing Princess Diana’s crusade to reduce the stigma of the disease, Harry said: ‘When my mother held the hand of a man dying of Aids in an East London hospital, no one would have imagined that over a quarter of a century later treatment would exist that could see HIV-positive people live full, healthy lives.’
Rihanna watches as Prince Harry gets his blood sample taken for a live HIV test in Barbados
Prince Harry’s commitment to the AIDS campaign
Harry has been a committed campaigner for the past few years and has even been publicly tested for the virus multiple times, once with Rihanna in Barbados in 2016 on World AIDS Day as part of his Commonwealth tour.
In addition to the Duke of Sussex’s charity that supports HIV-positive youth in Lesotho and Botswana, its Let Youth Lead programme gives young people a voice to discuss how AIDS affects their lives and some advocates will have the opportunity to speak with Harry at the 22nd International AIDS Conference.
Linda-Gail Bekker spoke about Harry’s commitment to the organisation. ‘His genuine commitment to the fight against AIDS is inspiring a whole new generation of leaders and reminding the world that AIDS is not over.
‘We are so grateful for him for his leadership in the HIV responses and the strong collaboration between Sentebale and the International AIDS Society.’
Cathy Ferrier, the CEO of Sentebale, said that ‘It is a privilege for Sentebale to be participating in The 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. This year, we are joined by Sentebale youth advocates from Lesotho and Botswana who work to raise the voice of their generation through Sentebale’s Let Youth Lead programme.
‘Their involvement in the conference reflects the progress Sentebale has made in the global response to addressing adolescent HIV since Durban in 2016 and I am delighted that they will be leading the conversation alongside our Patron The Duke of Sussex in Amsterdam.’
When is the International AIDS Conference 2018?
The International AIDS Conference 2018 will take place from July 23 to 27, 2018.
The summit will be held at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, welcoming around 18,000 participants from around the world, according to the event’s official website.
Hosted by the International AIDS Society (IAS), the event aims to ‘strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic’, as ITV reported.
Prince Harry will attend a British Embassy reception in the evening of Monday, July 23, where he will meet a number of leading young people from Holland.
In addition to this, sessions will include discussion about safe sex, how President Trump is jeopardising the global AIDS response and PrEP with former President Bill Clinton giving a keynote at the end of the event.
UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, will also be participating and co-organising a number of AIDS 2018 events about condom programming, HIV primary prevention and political resistance.