Elton John has lost 60 friends to AIDS, including Freddie Mercury and two members of his own staff. He said: “I’m devastated to have watched friends I loved very much die from this terrible disease. I’ve never mentioned before the shock of seeing a young woman who worked in my office die because anti-retroviral were then unavailable. More recently a young man fell ill and died within a period of three month”. He urged better education about the illness. “We don’t have a medical vaccine but we have a social vaccine and it’s called education”.