Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, our Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish met to discuss a new $7 million public-private partnership between the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The partnership will expand access to HIV services for gay men and transgender people, with an initial focus on South Africa and the potential for future expansion to additional sub-Saharan African countries. The partnership is a great example of how we can ensure that your donations can go further. At the Foundation we work collaboratively with other funders to ensure we can help more people live an AIDS free future.
In many countries, gay men and transgender people face higher rates of HIV infection and lower access to HIV services than the general population. As no anti-LGBT laws are enforced in South Africa, gay men and transgender people still often experience significant discrimination and violence in their daily lives. This can result in them being shunned in their community or denied access to HIV services.
“We will only achieve an AIDS-free generation if all people have non-discriminatory access to HIV services that meet their needs,” said Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.“Sir Elton John has been a tireless champion for people living with HIV and those most at risk since the earliest days of the epidemic. We are proud to partner with the Elton John AIDS Foundation in this innovative collaboration, which will strengthen community capacity and expand access to HIV services for men who have sex with men and transgender people, helping ensure that no one is left behind.”
Our Founder Sir Elton John said,“As one of millions who have heard the Obama administration’s voice loud and clear on human rights and sexuality, I am enormously proud that my Foundation is now working with PEPFAR to help realise an AIDS-free future for everyone, regardless of who they love or how they love. It is an example of doing not only the right thing morally, but the smart thing if we want to end this appalling pandemic.”
We are deeply grateful for PEPFAR’s collaborative approach in addressing the needs of the LGBT community and creating an AIDS free future.