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Sir Elton John predicts the end of AIDS will occur in his lifetime

2015-05-07 15:51

Washington - Sir Elton John predicted Wednesday the end of AIDS in his lifetime, but only if the United States keeps leading the world in bankrolling its eradication.

The British pop music icon and AIDS activist was the star at a Senate hearing on future funding for the United States' core global AIDS initiative.

"The AIDS epidemic is not over and America's continued leadership is critical," the 68-year-old John testified.

"There is a window of opportunity before us, a window through which we can very clearly see the end of AIDS within my lifetime," he said.

"We cannot afford to let the window close if our efforts flag," added the founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

"Drug resistance will surface, transmission rates will rise and this disease which knows no boundaries will once again become a ruthless pandemic with disastrous and far-reaching consequences."

John was speaking to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee who are considering funding for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) going forward.

The program, which has requested $6.542 billion for fiscal 2016, was launched by president George W. Bush in 2003 and beefed up by his successor Barack Obama.

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