British musician Elton John embraces a participant as Britain's Prince Harry looks on during a panel "Breaking barriers of inequity in the HIV response" during the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018), the largest HIV/AIDS-focused meeting in the world, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 24, 2018.
The United States is by far the biggest funder of the global AIDS response.
"Nobody needs to die of AIDS anymore".
Dutch Princess Mabel warned that, unless the real needs of girls and young women were addressed, "we could lose an entire generation to HIV".
After the lengthy but separate talks, the First Lady invited Prince Harry and Sir Elton to visit Kenya.
The AIDS epidemic is "not just about sex or sexuality", she said.
Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, AIDS 2018 International Chair and University of Cape Town scientist, said that HIV infections had increased by 30% in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since 2010.
Some 37 million people live with the HIV virus which causes AIDS today, with some 1.8 million new infections recorded a year ago.
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HIV prevalence can be high as up to 70% among sex workers in some southern African countries; however, about three quarters of countries reporting to UNAIDS criminalize some aspect of sex work and sex workers report that condoms are often confiscated by the police.
The MenStar Coalition was primed to perform "the tough but essential work of truly changing mindsets", the Prince added.
"Because that's where the solutions are going to come from, that's where the passion and engagement is coming from as well". "That's the best way to do it".
"Anybody we see in distress who is treated unfairly", Furnish said, "we have to speak out and support them".
"I would like to know why medical treatment advances that I have access to are still not available to so many affected". "It should be an exemplary case for the global movement", she said.
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After more than 20 years each working in the field, what continues to drive John and Furnish in the fight against AIDS? "And it shows that institutions like the monarchy can evolve with the times".
"We have to attack that head-on", he said.
An alarming rate of new infections coupled with an exploding young population in hard-hit countries could spell "a crisis of epic proportions", Mark Dybul, a veteran American AIDS researcher and diplomat told a preparatory conference Sunday. They're learning early on about the importance of charity and giving back.
"You can shake their hands and give them a hug".