Singer Elton John calls for end to HIV/AIDS stigma

British singer Elton John appealed for an end to the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in a speech on Friday and called for social media platforms to do more to help.
Delivering the "Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV", a series launched by the National AIDS Trust in Britain in memory of its late patron, the musician recalled when Diana famously shook hands with a man dying of AIDS in 1987 - a time when stigma around HIV/AIDS was widespread.
John, who sang at Diana's funeral in 1997, warned how some social media users were hiding behind anonymity to be prejudiced and suggested companies like Facebook or Instagram could "nudge their users in the digital world into acts of positivity, decency and kindness in the physical world".
Figures from 2016 show that around 36.7 million people around the world are living with HIV.

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