Elton John Edits U.K.'s 'Independent' to Promote World AIDS Day

Elton John

Elton John

Famous friends Elizabeth Taylor and Bill Clinton also contribute editorial on the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Elton John is helping to promote the importance of World AIDS Day with a guest editorship with the U.K. newspaper The Independent. Proceeds from sales of today's issue will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

The Independent's December 1 issue has devoted front-page and other prominent coverage to the global fight against HIV/AIDS, including an editorial by the 63-year-old openly gay music icon, who offers promising news by mentioning that there has been "a 25 percent drop in new infections across the worst-affected countries since 2001."

A number of John's famous friends, including longtime supporters of HIV/AIDS education Elizabeth Taylor and Bill Clinton, also contributed editorial on the topic.

"It's quite thrilling in one sense to have someone as eminent as Elton editing the paper," The Independent editor Simon Kelner, who stepped down for the day, told Reuters. "But also there's a serious purpose to this, which is to focus on World AIDS day and to focus on the issues around AIDS which slightly don't attract the focus that they used to."