First Lady Margaret invites Sir Elton John, Prince Harry to Kenya

Ben Davidson
July 27, 2018

That's why one of the major agendas of the ongoing International AIDS Conference, started in Amsterdam on Monday, is to discuss the urgency for scaling up HIV prevention and address persisting challenges.

The target of their initiative, dubbed the MenStar Coalition, is young men - among whom infections are on the rise.

John, who works alongside the US President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) with his foundation, commented on their work and how much more work is still needed in Sub Saharan Africa.

"Nobody needs to die of AIDS anymore".

The Duke of Sussex has met young people who hope to influence the fight against HIV at an worldwide Aids conference in Amsterdam.

"I am honoured to be sharing the stage with someone who has always put people at the centre of his work", Prince Harry told the audience.

In a later interview with CNN's Max Foster, Elton spoke about Harry's wedding in May, at which he was a guest, and lauded it as "progress".

The Princess made it her mission to change the public's perception of the epidemic by shaking hands with AIDS patients, which at the time, shocked the world.

"If countries don't provide comprehensive sexuality education, condoms, harm reduction or pre-exposure prophylaxis for key populations, this will ultimately translate into more new HIV infections, higher future treatment costs and a higher burden for health-care budgets and systems", said Mr Sidibé.

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"Eastern and southern Africa remains the region most affected by the HIV epidemic, accounting for 45% of the world's HIV infections and 53% of people living with HIV globally", noted the report.

"MenStar" is supported by the US government's PEPFAR programme for tackling HIV/AIDS and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He added: 'We can lose our opportunities and the tools we have created if we fail to use them effectively. "We get the results and we make a compelling case for it to be expanded", Furnish said.

"I think the Queen had a lot to do with it.

That's where the passion and engagement is coming from as well". "That's the best way to do it". The number new HIV diagnoses in this key population decreased from more than 60 in 1999 to nearly zero in 2014.

New infections, though down, were still at 1.8 million a year ago, far short of the 500,000 annual ceiling the United Nations is targeting. That includes helping church clergy across denominations in Kenya with housing support, treatment and counseling for clergy who had been suspended and rejected after speaking out for LGBT members of their communities or identifying as LGBT themselves.

The UN agency said most countries have significantly scaled up their HIV treatment programmes, some to the extent of reaching 80 per cent of people living with HIV with antiretroviral therapy.

He is continuing the fight his late mother started against HIV and AIDS.

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