Prince Harry warns of ‘dangerous complacency’ in fight against HIV

Prince Harry warns of ‘dangerous complacency’ in fight against HIV

"The encouraging reductions in new HIV infections that occurred for about a decade has emboldened some to declare that we are within reach of ending AIDS", Peter Piot, virus researcher and founder of the UNAIDS agency, said last week.

The billion-dollar project "MenStar" will target men living with or at risk of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been ravaged by AIDS since the 1980s.

This is one of the few occasions since Prince Harry's wedding that he has appeared alone without Meghan Markle, who is admired by Sir Elton John.

John and his husband, David Furnish, said there are still many barriers to be taken down, namely around stigma and support for vulnerable groups such as injection drug users, sex workers and LGBT groups across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

"She's the one. Prince Harry has inherited his mother's ability to do that which is an awesome asset we have now as he is incredibly passionate about AIDS".

The 2014 Eurovision song victor, an Austrian drag queen who announced in April she was HIV-positive, used the opening ceremony to question why millions of people still have no access to life-saving drugs. Because we most definitely can.

The Duke of Sussex is following in his mother's footsteps by partnering with the music legend, who became close friends with the Princess during her work with AIDS patients.

He said: "We succeed when we put people at the heart of our strategies - when we harness the huge potential of people living with HIV to help guide the delivery of services; when we create platforms for young people to shape and direct the services they rely on".

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"The progress we have fought so hard for is at risk from a risky complacency", he said.

UNAIDS reported a record number of HIV-positive people using life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ARV), as well as lower rates of deaths and new infections.

"Too many around the world are still ignoring the damaging knock-on effect on education and other community services from not prioritising HIV prevention and treatment".

The music legend said men must be taught to protect "not only their wives and girlfriends, their sisters, and daughters, but also critically their brothers and their sons".

"So in response we have done so much to safeguard women and girls, and rightly so, but we can't solve the whole problem if we're only addressing half the situation".

It hopes to strengthen and sustain political commitment for primary HIV prevention by setting a common agenda, the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map, to accelerate progress towards reducing new HIV infections by 75 per cent by 2020.

"We've gone in and worked in slightly more controversial ways, working strongly with marginalized communities that people don't want to embrace".

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