Prince William And Harry Urge Generation To 'Pick Up The Sword' In Global Fight Against HIV

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Princes William and Harry have urged “their generation” to “pick up the sword” in the global fight against HIV in an open letter to the Terrence Higgins Trust as the charity marks it's 30th year.

The charity, founded by friends of one of the first people to die from the disease, is a leading light in the UK's fight against HIV with the Princes' referencing their mother, Princess Diana's work with the charity in the letter.

They wrote: "Our generation has never known a world without HIV. We have grown up knowing of the devastating impact this virus has on lives, on families, on communities.

"We know, too, that HIV can be treated and the lives of sufferers extended by many years. However, there is still a stigma which blights sufferers of the disease, even today."

"Terrence Higgins Trust, founded 30 years ago by friends of Terrence Higgins, one of the first people in the United Kingdom to die of Aids, has been the other constant in this story of our generation," they continued.

Referring to their mother, the Princes went on: “Terrence Higgins Trust will be to the fore in this, and for that reason, and because our mother believed so passionately in the work of the Trust, we wholeheartedly congratulate you on thirty years of selfless service to others.”

The letter came just a few days before World Aids Day on December 1, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease.

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