Elton John is continuing his HIV/AIDS advocacy with a powerful new message in recognition of World AIDS Day that took place the first of the month. The singer wrote in a letter to the Independent “37 million people globally are living with HIV. Last year alone, 1.8 million people contracted the virus and 940,000 died of an AIDS-related illness. This need not happen.”
He continued by saying that the only way to end the epidemic is to not only get tested, but also end the stigma surrounding the disease.
“Today’s medicines not only enable those living with HIV to have full and fulfilling lives, but also ensure they cannot pass the virus on to other…The challenge is that too many people still do not realize they are at risk, are too afraid of the stigma or are denied the chance of taking an HIV test.”