Last year I completed my Early Education and Childcare higher, in that higher there was a unit on AIDS/HIV in some of the paper work there was section on “AIDS in Briton” and what was the first picture they showed.
This picture was taken 1987, when it was announced that she was visiting an AIDS ward the press immediately started debating as to whether or not Diana would wear gloves or even shake the patients hands. When she arrived none of the AIDS patients wanted to be photographed or filmed out of fear they was would suffer harassment. Only the man above agreed to by photographed and only then with the back of his head facing the camera. That should give you an idea of how much fear these people lived in.
Diana was the first British Public figure to come out in support of AIDS/HIV suffers and certainly was the first Royal to support AIDS/HIV in fact because AIDS/HIV was strongly linked to the homosexual community it was debated whether Diana should get involved at all. She was future Queen as part of that mean being head of the church of England who to this day are still the biggest opponents of homosexuality. But Diana did not care, all she knew that these people needed help.
As Diana said - “HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug: Heaven knows they need it.”