In search of support, not surveillance
IN July, Prince Harry took an HIV test live on Facebook. For a representative from the Terrence Higgins Trust, a UK-based AIDS service organization, the Prince’s test sent a clear message: “Testing for HIV is easy, quick, and nothing to be feared.”1 The Royal test is the latest instance of a long — and successful — line of publicity efforts to reduce the stigma around HIV testing. Today, testing is a nearly unquestionable aspect of HIV care. AIDS service organizations are expected to administer tests. Pro-testing advertisements are ubiquitous. Testing is as institutionalized as condoms and Red Ribbons.