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The Rocket Man has launched an ambitious global project to encourage men to test themselves in the fight against AIDS.


The former Reg Dwight said more work is needed to bring young men “into the fold” as a solution to end the scourge of the HIV virus, which is growing among certain groups.
 
Yesterday the Duke of Sussex introduced Elton as he launched the billion-dollar MenStar Coalition at an international AIDS conference in Amsterdam, and praised the hitmaker for campaigning to eradicate the disease.

Elton told the delegates: “If we want to end AIDS once and for all, we must make men part of the solution.

”It is time there was a global coalition to teach men to protect themselves, and in doing so it will teach them to better protect not only their wives and girlfriends, their sisters and daughters, but also critically their brothers and sons.”

The MenStar Coalition brings together the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Unitaid, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and Gilead Sciences.

Leveraging over $1.2 billion in initial planned funding from these founding partners, MenStar will expand the diagnosis and treatment of HIV infections in men – keys to breaking the cycle of HIV transmission and ultimately ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.