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Prince Harry and Sir Elton John join forces for important cause

Must See 13/07/2018

The Duke of Sussex and Sir Elton John have come together to create a “global coalition” focused on treating HIV infections in men.

The influential pair will attend the International Aids Conference in Amsterdam later this month to launch the initiative with the International AIDS Society.

Sir Elton John founded The Elton John AIDS Foundation back in 1992, and this will not be the first time Prince Harry has paired up with John to raise awareness and money for this cause.

John said:

Two years ago at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa the Duke of Sussex and I participated in a panel looking at HIV and youth - the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling.

Around 36.7 million people around the world have HIV, according to 2016 figures cited by the United Nations’ program UNAIDS.

The pair will launch the coalition on the 24th July. Sir Elton John’s non-for profit, will also host a press conference to announce new partners in its Eastern Europe and Central Asia Key Populations Fund, which aims to prioritise the communities where 96 per cent of people with HIV live.

The Duke of Sussex has often followed in his late mother, Princess Diana’s footsteps, fighting the stigma, as a prominent supporter of HIV/ AIDS charities.