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Singer Elton John Calls for Increased HIV/AIDS Education, Care

May 21, 2009

Singer Elton John on Tuesday at the 2009 Bio International Convention in Atlanta called for renewed efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, addressed an audience that included CEOs of organizations working to develop HIV/AIDS therapies and vaccines. He called on governments and institutions to increase their focus on education, especially among young people; access to medical treatment; and needle-exchange programs (Poole, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/19).

"There are long-standing stereotypes and prejudices that inhibit our efforts to combat AIDS," John said, adding, "I am asking for your leadership." According to John,

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Comment by: Lisa (Fl.) Thu., May. 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm EDT
Elton John took the words right out of my mouth. I was surprised at how little I knew until it was me facing this virus. Thanks for all of the people who haven't givin up and the ones who are still researching HIV/AIDS. New ways to educate on this virus are desparately needed.
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