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Elton John Scribes an Op-Ed for a Magazine About His Efforts to Fight AIDS

by Reshma Anand on October 16, 2015 at 12:01 PM
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Elton John Scribes an Op-Ed for a Magazine About His Efforts to Fight AIDS

Elton John AIDS Foundation was established in 1992 by the famous English singer Elton John to combat HIV/AIDS and provide care for its victims. Recently he has written a heartfelt Op-Ed for the philanthropy issue of Billboard's magazine.

He appears along with Lady Gaga on the cover of Billboard's new issue. He pens down about his efforts to tackle AIDS/HIV through his foundation.

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"It might be hard to believe in 2015, but not long ago, AIDS was the biggest public health crisis in the world. But we have so much work left to do. There are too many people who lack access to critical treatment and prevention programs. There is still a dangerous lack of compassion for those living with HIV and those at risk of contracting it. As a result, there is a lack of social services and sexual health education, especially in minority, rural and gay communities," John wrote.

John continues that what was once "a death sentence" is now "a manageable chronic illness. " He writes that his "greatest hope is to live to see the day when we win the fight once and for all. ... I truly believe that we have the power to achieve an AIDS-free generation."
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John ends with a call to action to continue the AIDS fight — and philanthropic endeavors in general. "There are countless ways and places to give, to volunteer and to be an activist for the issues you are most passionate about," he wrote.

"Some of us can contribute money, others can give time. But whatever form and whatever size your philanthropy takes, I promise you it will bring us closer to the compassionate and loving world that we all dream about for our children," he concluded.

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