Sir Elton slams Northern Irish politician’s comments on HIV

Sir Elton slams Northern Irish politician’s comments on HIV

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SIR Elton John has expressed dismay at comments made by a Northern Irish politician about HIV.

On Tuesday, Democratic Unionist Trevor Clarke said he did not know heterosexual people could contract the virus until the facts were explained by a charity last year.

Sir Elton, who is due to play a gig in Belfast on Friday, said: "What planet are you on?"

During an appearance on the Victoria Derbyshire programme, Sir Elton agreed that many 1980s misconceptions about HIV still exist.

When asked to remark on a survey that found a third of people in the UK believed HIV could be contracted through sharing a toothbrush, the singer replied: "I'm not surprised.

"A Northern Ireland politician said the other day he didn't know that heterosexual people could get Aids, or HIV.

"So, it's like: 'What planet are you living on?'"

Sir Elton, whose Aids Foundation, funds testing programmes across the world, did not refer to Mr Clarke by name.

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