Elton John says he should have died decades ago because of his self-destructive lifestyle.
He was speaking at the International AIDS conference yesterday.
But, he said, people including strangers showed him compassion as he battled drug addiction.
He also said he's been sober for 22 years and has a loving partner and son.
John said he believes people with AIDS deserve the same love, compassion, respect and understanding he received when he "hit rock bottom."
He also urged the crowd to end hate, indifference, homophobia and the stigma against people with AIDS and HIV.