ELTON JOHN URGES END TO AIDS STIGMA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Elton John says he should be dead because of his self-destructive lifestyle decades ago. In a speech to the International AIDS Conference, John said "by all rights, I shouldn't be here today." He credits people, including strangers, for showing him compassion as he battled drug addiction and came to terms with his sexuality. John says he believes people with AIDS deserve the same love, compassion, respect and understanding he received when he "hit rock bottom."