ELTON JOHN: Unveils new AIDS initiative
Elton John joined England's Prince Harry today (Tuesday) at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam to launch the MenStar Coalition, an AIDS initiative focused on treating HIV infections in men.
Harry was there in his role as co-founder of the Africa-based charity Sentebale, which helps young people living with HIV. He said, "For over a quarter of a century, [Elton] has worked tirelessly to fund research services and communities around the world. Today, he has come to Amsterdam to announce his latest endeavor: a billion-dollar global partnership to break the cycle of male transmission of HIV -- particularly in sub-Saharan Africa."
Elton explained that the MenStar Coalition was aimed at teaching men to protect themselves. "Young people -- 24 to 35 -- are the only age group where HIV infections are rising, not falling. We have to do much, much more to bring men, especially younger men, more fully into the fold."
Elton was there on behalf of his AIDS Foundation.