Prince Harry is a man with a mission. On Tuesday, he arrived in Amsterdam for the International AIDS Conference, where he joined the music legend, Elton John.
It wasn't just a simple meeting. The duo participated in the conference to launch the billion-dollar MenStar Coalition, the main goal of which is to target the HIV virus in men.
Preparing for #AIDS2018 Plenary Session with @EltonOfficial – where The Duke and Sir Elton will launch the MenStar coalition, which will expand the diagnoses and treatment of HIV infections in men, with the aim of ultimately ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. pic.twitter.com/sYnROYwpdS— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 24, 2018
The 33-year-old royal and the 71-year-old singer united to highlight the importance of the fight against HIV. The Duke of Sussex brought the heavy artillery in the face of young advocates from his charity Sentebale. At the AIDS 2018 summit, he discussed the obstacles that teenagers, affected by the disease, have to go through.
Alongside @Sentebale #LetYouthLead advocates, The Duke of Sussex joined Princess @MabelvanOranje and HIV response leaders and policymakers to discuss the gaps in the HIV response for young people #AIDS2018 pic.twitter.com/C1D6vkvOuE— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 23, 2018
Prince Harry has been wholeheartedly dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS for quite a while. He was even publically tested for the virus to raise awareness about the disease. The Duke’s charity Sentebale provides support to the HIV-positive young people in Lesotho and Botswana.
MenStar will support innovative approaches in delivering effective HIV/AIDS services for men, increasing earlier uptake of testing, treatment, and achievement of viral suppression #AIDS2018— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 24, 2018
At the summit, Harry delivered a powerful speech, saying:
What we have learned is that we succeed when we put people at the heart of our strategies. This is a time when new, energetic and innovative solutions are needed more than ever before. And this campaign is bravely tackling the root cause of this problem – the lack of awareness of HIV prevention in young men.
“New, energetic and innovative solutions are needed more than ever before – and that is exactly what you are about to see from @eltonofficial and the Men Star Coalition partners.” – The Duke of Sussex #AIDS2018 pic.twitter.com/kNrBbivxCk— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 24, 2018
People shared their support for the cause
So wonderful to see this compassionate young man follow in the footsteps of so many before him to rid the world of this dreadful illness. Diana would be so proud.— Ruth Ireland (@RuthIreland9) July 24, 2018
Elton would do anything for this beloved son of Princess Diana. Both are good guys! 🌹— AnikaGlass (@Neeterlou) July 24, 2018
a credit to his mom's legacy. x— James M (@JJPMurphy) July 24, 2018
Elton John we LOVE YOU OMG Hey Prince Harry Blessing Up Baby— Robin M Booker (@RobinMCouch) July 24, 2018
Amazing!!🤗😍— Denise Niederauer (@PressDenise) July 24, 2018
MenStar Coalition will start its work in Africa next year. It will encourage men across the continent to self-test for HIV and seek help, if positive.