Artist creates portrait of Princess Diana using HIV-positive blood

An award-winning artist has made a portrait of Princess Diana with a mixture of HIV-positive blood and diamond dust.

Manchester-based Conor Collins revealed his latest creation on Twitter on Tuesday (July 17).

“When Princess Diana held the hand of a man dying of AIDS, few would have imagined that today treatment would exist that would see HIV-positive people living full, healthy, loving lives. When diagnosed and treated early, life-expectancy for someone with HIV is unchanged,” he wrote.

“We all deserve to be loved. We all deserve to be treated with dignity.

“HIV is a virus. It has no conscience. It is without colour, without creed, without gender or sexuality. It is incapable of judgement.”

Collins added: “We should know the facts. You can’t get HIV from kissing. Undetectable means untransmittable. PREP and PEP work.”

Collins has previously created portraits of Tom Daley and Caitlyn Jenner. (John Clark)

The artist’s work has previously included a portrait of US president Donald Trump in 2017, made using his sexist and bigoted comments.

In recent years, he has also made portraits of Tom Daley – made using homophobic tweets sent to the diver – and Caitlyn Jenner, both of which went viral.

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