AMSTERDAM | Singer Elton John and Prince Harry announced Tuesday in Amsterdam the launch of new international funding of $ 1.2 billion to “break the cycle” of HIV transmission, targeting young men, among whom HIV infections are on the rise.
“Young people are the only age group where HIV infections are rising, not declining,” said the activist singer, announcing the launch of “MenStar Coalition” on the second day of the international AIDS conference.
This initiative brings together different partners, including the United Nations Unitaid and the US PEPFAR Emergency Plan.
According to Elton John, men between the ages of 24 and 35 have access to screenings and treatments that is “at an unacceptable rate”.
In the past, much has been done to protect women and girls, but “we can not solve this problem by taking care of only half” of the people involved. “If we want to win this fight, we have to make sure that men are part of the solution,” he insisted.
Thousands of delegates have gathered since Monday for a five-day conference on AIDS, while a relaxation in prevention, combined with a decline in international funding, fears a rebound of the epidemic.
“The progress we fought for is being undermined by dangerous complacency,” warned Prince Harry to listeners. The MenStar Coalition initiative will focus on “the complicated but essential work that needs to be done to really change attitudes”.