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Elton John: LGBT people must be part of AIDS fight

/ 04:21 AM July 21, 2016

DURBAN, South Africa — British musician Elton John says that leaving LGBT people behind in the fight against AIDS will only increase the spread of the disease.

He spoke Wednesday at a global AIDS conference in South Africa that has also attracted philanthropist Bill Gates, actress Charlize Theron and Britain’s Prince Harry.

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Africa is the continent hardest hit by the epidemic, but the subject of homosexuality is taboo in many African countries.

“With these countries sometimes, it may take 50 years. But I guarantee it will change,” the musician said.

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He said he wants to ensure that LGBT people are protected if they are denied medical treatment or arrested.

Gates, meanwhile, warned that Africa is “chronically underprepared” for a demographic bulge in young people, who are most at risk for HIV. TVJ

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