Elton is seen, above, speaking at last night's Enduring Vision benefit for his AIDS foundation.
While great strides are being made in research and behaviour, the songwriter said there's still a long way to go.
''The stigma involved in people coming out and saying they're HIV positive is still an underground thing, it's still a shame-based thing until we can get everybody tested and people to come out and be role models to people who have HIV, then we're still battling against this disease,'' he stated.
Stevie Nicks performed, and guests included Courtney Love, Brooke Shields, and Alan Cummings. It was a successful evening, netting two million dollars for the cause.