Sir Elton John launches anti-AIDS project

Thursday November 10, 2011

Sir Elton John has unveiled a charity project to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine, which is believed to be the worst in Europe.

The program - co-founded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a local anti-AIDS group - will allow homeless women who are at high risk of contracting HIV to be tested for the virus.

Up to 100,000 young women are believed to be living on the streets of Ukrainian cities, according to organisers.

Sir Elton said that the homeless women will also get medical, psychological and legal help to "bring them back to life".

Ukraine has 1.3 percent of of its population above 15 infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to the United Nations.

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