SIR Elton John feels inspired by so many people seeking treatment for AIDS - because it proves his charity's ongoing awareness drive is working.
The Rocket Man established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the early 1990s to offer support to sufferers of the disease and help promote prevention of the health issue.
Recent figures show a 25 per cent drop in new infections being reported around the world, and Sir Elton is overjoyed with the compelling statistic.
As guest editor of Wednesday's (01Dec10) edition of Britain's The Independent newspaper to mark World AIDS Day, he writes, "In fact, I am compelled not by despair but by hope. I'm heartened by the recent statistics from UNAIDS that tell a promising story - five million people on treatment and a 25 per cent drop in new infections across the worst-affected countries since 2001.
"I'm motivated by the progress that AIDS has quite unintentionally moved forward, rather than the destruction it has left in its wake... despite the chaos AIDS has wrought, it has also resulted in remarkable human compassion and ingenuity.
"I am proud that the Elton John AIDS Foundation has contributed to this progress for nearly 20 years. Through the Foundation I have witnessed the ingenuity, the compassion, and the human love that has made a difference, not just in the fight against AIDS, but in all aspects of the complex, globalised world in which we live."
All revenue from the newspaper's sales will go towards the singer's charity.