Elton is calling for wider HIV testing in order to halt new transmissions in England within a decade, amid concerns that COVID-19 has affected access to tests and medication.
With today being World AIDS Day, England's first HIV Commission--established by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, National AIDS Trust, and Terrence Higgins Trust--has published 20 recommendations to eradicate new HIV cases by 2030.
They call for HIV testing to be standard practice for patients registering with a new doctor, undergoing routine smear tests or being admitted to hospitals' emergency departments..
Under the charities' proposals, tests would also be available at pharmacies in areas with a high prevalence of HIV.
''One thing we've learned this year is the importance of testing and testing for HIV is at the core of ending new cases of HIV in England,'' said Elton, whose charity has raised nearly a half a billion dollars. Over 38 million people worldwide are currently infected with HIV, and the AIDS pandemic has killed about 33 million people.
A World AIDS Day special with Elton, David Furnish, Sam Smith, Sam Fender, and Rina Sawayama will stream at 2 p.m. ET on Elton's TikTok channel.