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Elton John and Prince Harry launch bid to 'smash' AIDS stigma

27 July 2018

Aids 2018 would provide 18000 conference delegates with the latest HIV research, as well as an opportunity to reflect on key issues facing both the HIV sector and the broader global health community. I think she would have made a huge difference if she'd been still alive and I think we'd probably have come a lot further as well.

A major cause is the criminalisation of injecting drugs in many countries, including Russian Federation, forcing users onto the fringes of society and putting them at risk of infection through needle-sharing.

Sir Elton, 71, has previously praised Prince Harry for inheriting "his mother's ability to walk into a room and make ... everyone feel equal".

They're highlighting the many issues which surround HIV and the stigma people still face.

Among scourges like malaria, diabetes and cancer, AIDS is the only major epidemic that could be ended "in our lifetime", if only old-fashioned attitudes and society could be changed, Elton John said Tuesday.

An accompanying editorial says Dr. Ruprecht has "set off a new wave in evaluating the activity of IgM antibodies in neutralizing HIV-1.[and she and her group] have largely broadened the horizon of neutralizing HIV-1 antibodies, which, as single or combined agents, may be used for HIV-1 prevention and treatment".

Sir Elton, who last year marked 25 years of his foundation with a NY gala, told the delegates: "Young people are the only age group where HIV infections are rising, not falling".

With People reporting that the initiative is aimed at "protecting and educating "hard-to-reach" men, Prince Harry faced media at the launch alongside one of his mum's close friends, Elton John".

The WHO African Region is the most affected region, with 25.7 million people living with HIV in 2017.

"When I was born 20 years ago with HIV, the landscape of the epidemic looked very different to what it does now", said Mercy Ngulube, a youth activist attending the conference.

Her condition was in large part thanks to antiretorival therapy, which allows HIV-positive people to live long, healthy lives. "But it is also sad to live a life where I know that we have the tools and I know that people can not access them".

UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, will also be participating and co-organising a number of AIDS 2018 events about condom programming, HIV primary prevention and political resistance. The LGBT populations were still under attack in many countries around the world.

"I am honoured to be sharing the stage with someone who has always put people at the centre of his work", Prince Harry said on stage, Sky News reports.

The meeting saw an address by UNAIDS head Michel Sidibe interrupted by women protesting what they called the "patriarchy machine".

Under Donald Trump, the U.S. administration has proposed massive spending cuts, though these have so far failed to pass through Congress.

Elton John and Prince Harry launch bid to 'smash' AIDS stigma