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Elton says changes in the U.S. over the past year have positively affected the LGBT community, including the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. But he says “there’s more history to be made” in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The former Reg Dwight made his remarks at last night’s Enduring Vision benefit for his foundation in Manhattan.

He also broke down the numbers, stating that 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS. To rousing applause, Elton told the crowd that each of them is “an individual that deserves dignity.”

Before the event, Elton and David Furnish walked the red carpet and spoke candidly about the EJAF, new issues in fighting the disease, and the upcoming album. But the entertainer was less forthcoming on his upcoming Broadway musical.

“We have a new musical in the works,” Elton began, but was quickly hushed before going on.

“I can’t tell you any more than that,” he said as he broke into laughter because the project is still under wraps.

The laughter continued as Furnish responded, “Good answer.”

As for the new record, Elton says he can’t wait to promote it.

“It’s like a throwback to the 70s, but sounding even punchier. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll record — up-tempo, joyous. I’m thrilled,” he said. “T-Bone Burnett and I produced (it), my band play on it. It’s called, Wonderful Crazy Night.

Regarding their AIDS charity, both John and Furnish said they’re happy with all that it has accomplished, but still feel there’s more work to be done to combat the stigma of AIDS among some people and to educate young people who no longer see it as a health threat.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done, but the journey is not complete. I won’t be proud until the journey is complete,” Elton commented.

David, who is the foundation’s chairman, shared the advancements the organisation has made since it began in 2001.

“We’ve come so far with treatment that actual treatment is prevention. You can reduce the load virus so low now in someone’s body that the risk of passing it on to someone else is practically zero,” Furnish said.

But he also stressed that awareness of the disease leaves much to be desired.

“What hasn’t changed is the mindset associated with knowing your status and testing and then living a positive happy life if you are HIV-positive and staying on the medications,” he said.

Elton thinks some people have become cavalier about the disease.

“It bothers me a lot because people should know by now with the amount of information out there, and the amount of medication available that you shouldn’t be — in this day and age — you shouldn’t get infected.”

He said that attitude is “less of a problem in sub-Saharan Africa than it is sometimes in educated countries. People think, ‘You know what, it’s a livable disease.’ ”