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No More HIV Infections

If we want to create an AIDS free future, we have to stop the spread of HIV. That might sound like a huge feat, but there's so much we can do. In the last decade, we've seen how effective HIV prevention can be with a series of simple measures like expanding clean needle and condom distribution. It's about giving everyone - especially those at risk - the information and means to protect themselves.

The Statistics

36.9m

Number of people living with HIV globally

60%

In eastern Europe and central Asia, new HIV infections increased by 60% between 2010 and 2016

1.8m

Number of people that become newly infected with HIV each year

Our Response

We fund a huge range of projects – from mobile testing units at football matches to sending SMS  text reminders to pregnant women.  They all make HIV testing easy, affordable, reliable and above all are offered to everyone without judgement or discrimination.

It’s essential that HIV testing is a routine part of public health. The work we fund is always linked to national systems and we lobby governments ensure the structures are in place to maintain and expand these projects.

Our Progress

2.9m

People received a HIV test as a result of our funding since 2013

18%

Decrease in new HIV infections worldwide since 2010

291k

Because of our support, 291,000 adolescents received a HIV test during 2017

Case Study

HARM REDUCTION IN VIETNAM

HARM REDUCTION IN VIETNAM

In Vietnam, much progress has been made in diagnosing and treating HIV over the last decade. However, one group that continues to be left behind are people who inject drugs. Of the 11,000 new cases of HIV in Vietnam each year, 45% are amongst people who inject drugs. Additionally, 85% of people who inject drugs are infected with Hepatitis C - the treatment for which is not available through the national health insurance system. Fears around confidentiality, criminalization and stigma surrounding HIV, prevent many of the most vulnerable people from accessing testing and treatment services.

100k

people who inject drugs reached through our programmes since 2013

“I prefer HIV testing without a crowd and at a venue that I am familiar with—like this coffee shop where I buy my syringes at night.”

Since 2016, The Elton John AIDS Foundation has partnered with PSI Vietnam , who have been implementing an innovative solution to address HIV infections in people who inject drugs. The project focuses on two areas of HIV prevention: firstly, the distribution of safer, low dead-space syringes and needles through outlets such as coffee shops and other retailers that are open later than pharmacies. Because providers are based in areas of the city where people who inject drugs live, this removes some of the barriers to acquiring clean and safe injecting equipment. Low dead-space syringes are widely used in Europe and retain around 100 times less blood when compared to the standard high dead space syringes commonly used in Vietnam. This therefore drastically reduces the risk that someone sharing the syringe with someone who is HIV positive will become infected themselves. As a result of the Foundation’s support PSI have sold over 5 million low dead-space syringes through their wholesaler network.

Secondly, PSI provide confidential HIV testing services at convenient locations throughout Ho Chi Min City, Hanoi and other urban areas of Vietnam, and offer a complimentary motor bike servicing for those who get tested. These sites are chosen for their convenience for people who inject drugs, at locations such as pawn shops and coffee shops. Over 8,000 people have been tested through this model to date, with over 500 individuals linked to HIV treatment programmes.

Realising that many in his community were being left behind by the national HIV response, Hoang started to sell low dead space syringes from his stall in Ho Chi Min City. Hoang’s experiences in prison, detention centres and as someone who uses drugs, gave him first-hand knowledge of the difficulties in obtaining clean, safe injecting equipment. In addition to allowing him to earn an income, Hoang hopes that he can help the community to engage in safe injecting practices through this enterprise. Hoang’s work in the community extends beyond the selling of syringes, to helping people who inject drugs to learn about HIV and HIV testing and improving the reputation of people who inject drugs.

Since 2013, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has committed over £9.7m in funding to organisations supporting people who inject drugs in 8 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. So far, our grants have reached over 100,000 people who inject drugs and have helped 47,000 individuals to test for HIV.

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.