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‘Youth must step up, lead the fight against HIV/Aids’

The royal says the reason he is fighting against the pandemic, is because young children are living with it.

Prince Harry speaks at the 21st International Aids Conference in Durban. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Britain's Prince Harry has called on the youth to step up and lead the fight against Human Immuno Virus (HIV) and the Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (Aids), saying it all starts with overcoming the fear of getting tested.

The royal says the reason he is fighting against the pandemic is because young children are living with it.

He was speaking at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), where thousands of delegates from across the globe have gathered to discuss ways to tackle the virus.

Following in his mother, Princess Diana's footsteps, Prince Harry says the people who have been leading the fight against HIV and Aids are getting old and the youth needs to ready itself to take the baton.

The Prince says young people need to stop feeling ashamed to get tested.

British musician Sir Elton John also spoke, saying he believes the prince is the right person to lead the youth in this fight.

Both the Prince Harry and Sir Elton left personal messages on a pro-test HIV wall displayed at the Durban ICC.

WATCH: Prince Harry: World faces risk of complacency in fight against HIV/Aids

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