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Prince Harry shares one of his 'biggest fears' and vows to continue Diana's HIV work
Prince Harry has vowed to continue Princess Diana’s “unfinished work” on eliminating HIV stigma, adding that he is a man who wants to “fix things”.Before her death in 1997, the Princess of Wales had been an advocate for battling the stigma surrounding people with HIV.During the peak of the AIDS pandemic, Diana opened the UK’s first specialist HIV/AIDS unit at London’s Middlesex Hospital.Harry has taken up his mother’s activism, supporting rugby legend Gareth Thomas with his ‘Tackle HIV’ project.Now, the prince has sat down with Thomas for a special podcast episode, and discussed why he felt it was important to continue Diana’s legacy.“One of my biggest fears is, this is unfinished business,” he admitted, suggesting the medical and scientific communities had achieved “extraordinary” success over the last 30 years.“But how extraordinary could it be by 2030, for instance? Within the UK alone, we could be in a position where there are no new HIV cases," he continued.“Those are the kind of goals that we have to strive for, but we also have to complete, otherwise as I say, it’s unfinished business.”The ex-royal went on to promote an initiative encouraging everyone to get tested for HIV, emphasising the benefits of a hands-on, practical approach.“Every single one of us has a duty, or at least an opportunity, to get tested ourselves to make it easier for everybody else to get tested,” he said.“It will undoubtedly save a life, or at the very least, encourage someone who is living in fear to come forward and get to know their own status, which in turn will save a life.”To get more royal stories from Daily Star delivered straight to your inbox sign up to one of our free newsletters here.“If there’s a way out of it, and we know
Mutant HIV super-strain that makes people ill twice as fast is found in Europe - - USA - Netherlands - city Oxford - Uganda
Mutant HIV super-strain that makes people ill twice as fast is found in Europe
new super-mutant HIV strain that makes infected individuals ill in double the time of current versions has been detected in the Netherlands.According to a study from Oxford University, the new mutant strain called the VB variant, has infected at least 109 people.The latest strain of HIV damages the immune system, affecting the person's ability to fight against common illnesses much quicker than other strains.Those who catch the disease could develop AIDs much faster, with the viral load between 3.5 and 5.5 times higher than the current strain, meaning infected people are more likely to transmit the virus than others.Reports suggest that after starting treatment, those infected with the new strain have a similar immune system recovery and survival rate to those infected with other HIV strains.Researches have warned however that the rapid health decline after catching VB means early detection and treatment is "critical".Brits are advised to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV at least once a year, while men having sex with men are advised to get tested every three months.More than 100,000 Brits and a million Americans are thought to be living with HIV.Independent experts have said the finding is nothing to panic about, with the analysis finding that VB arose in the 1980s and has been declining since 2010.The discover was published in the journal Science, and is the result of a collaboration between the University of Oxford's Big Data institute and the Dutch HIV Monitoring Foundation.The team have detected a total of 17 new strains across Europe and Uganda.HIV mutates rapidly, but the vast majority of the changes made between individual strains make little to no difference to the severity of the virus.It is