Prince Harry, Elton John team up to fight HIV

Britain's Prince Harry (left) and singer Elton John are both prominent HIV and Aids campaigners.
Britain's Prince Harry (left) and singer Elton John are both prominent HIV and Aids campaigners. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and music star Elton John are joining forces to launch a "global coalition" focused on treating HIV infections in men, the singer's Aids charity said on Thursday (July 12).

The Elton John Aids Foundation said all would be revealed at the 2018 International Aids Conference in Amsterdam on July 24.

The 71-year-old singer and 33-year-old prince are both prominent HIV and Aids campaigners.

John sang at the funeral of Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, and attended his wedding to actress Meghan Markle in May.

John said he and the prince had taken part in a panel two years ago about HIV and youth - "the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling".

"Since then, my foundation, along with other partners, have been undertaking participatory, human-centred design research collectively covering six countries," he added.

"A critical finding from this work is the urgent need to rapidly scale up men's access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services."

Around 36.7 million people around the world have HIV, according to 2016 figures cited by the United Nations' programme UNAIDS.