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No More Discrimination

Discrimination is still HIV's most deadly symptom. We have cheap, easy ways to test for HIV, and ever more effective drugs to treat the HIV virus. We cannot use them if people living with or very vulnerable to HIV are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights. Compassion cures discrimination. It needs no special training or qualifications, just a belief that all people deserve the chance to protect themselves and others. Without compassion, we cannot create an AIDS free future.

The Statistics


In 2014, 40% of adults newly diagnosed HIV in the UK were diagnosed late, after they should have started treatment


countries criminalize same-sex relationships


average HIV prevalence of Sex Workers in sub-Saharan Africa

Our Response

We believe everyone is entitled to dignity, respect and compassion.

We have made it our mission from the start to support those who are stigmatised by society just because they are living with or at high risk of HIV. Our funding provides them with the means to prevent infection, to access medicine and carry on with their lives. From the red light district of Mumbai to the prisons of St Petersburg and the slums of Glasgow, we have provided access to information, condoms, clean needles and HIV tests to those in need.

As more countries criminalise homosexuality around the world, we have deliberately expanded the work of programmes that offer HIV prevention, treatment and support in a non-judgmental environment to men who have sex with men (MSM).

Only by making sure that no one is left behind can we get closer to achieving an AIDS free future.

Our Progress


highly stigmatised people affected by HIV supported by our programmes since 2013


£12m in grants committed to support vulnerable groups since 2013


our goal is to test 1m men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa




Globally, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are 19 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population. Stigma is still HIV’s deadliest symptom, but we know we can only achieve an AIDS free future if everyone has the chance to protect themselves. Ukraine’s HIV epidemic among the general population has slowed in recent years but new infections among MSM are worryingly on the increase.


men who have sex with men tested for HIV since 2014

Although same-sex relationships are not criminalized in the country, 80% of people still hold negative attitudes towards homosexuality in Ukraine.  These attitudes lead to stigma and discrimination against gay and bisexual men in every sphere of life. This high level of homophobia against the LGBT community means that MSM are often shunned by doctors and nurses or simply too afraid to visit public health care facilities. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is partnering with Tochka Opory – one of the leading LGBT organisations within the country – to create a welcoming, safe environment where MSM can get tested for HIV, receive counseling and be supported through their treatment. Access to HIV services are under threat in Ukraine’s current climate, but our work provides a lifeline to the LGBT community.

Volodymir has been one of the clients of the innovative ‘Friendly Doctor’ project. He says:

“The ‘Friendly Doctor’ office was the place where my partner and I were not scared to come and get tested for HIV.  I love the way the way you can book an appointment with a doctor online. For me it’s a great opportunity to feel safe and comfortable.”

The project works in 9 regions of Ukraine and a network of gay-friendly doctors exist who test for HIV, provide free advice on safe sexual practices and help reduce the risk of infection for gay men. To date, over 17,500 MSM have received a HIV test and over 26,000 unique users have benefited from online services via the ‘Friendly Doctor’ website. Furthermore, following Sir Elton’s speech at the Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting in Kiev last year, Tochka Opory were instrumental in pushing for the adoption of a new law in the country which bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Ways you can help

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation we believe that AIDS can be beaten. Our goal is to create an AIDS free future for everybody in this world. With enough support, love and creativity, we know this is possible.