The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and International AIDS Foundation (IAF) have announced that Sir Elton John and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will be launching a new global coalition focused on treating HIV infections in men at the 2018 International AIDS Conference. This coalition will be revealed in Amsterdam at the conference’s Opening Plenary on 24 July.
Elton John said in a statement: “Two years ago at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa the Duke of Sussex and I participated in a panel looking at HIV and youth — the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling. Since then, my foundation, along with other partners, have been undertaking participatory, human-centered design research collectively covering six countries. A critical finding from this work is the urgent need to rapidly scale up men’s access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services.”
The EJAF will be launching the coalition at the conference, but the foundation will also be holding a press conference in order to announce its new partners in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Key Populations Fund. The first grant awards that will become available under this fund will be revealed during the press event, as well. EJAF will also be celebrating the achievements of its LGBT Fund.
EJAF chairman David Furnish said, “The International AIDS Conference offers an opportunity to come together and get smarter in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We’re doing our part to focus the fight where it’s needed most: breaking down the barriers keeping key populations around the world from lifesaving treatment. Elton and I are proud to be able to join the community of people living with HIV/AIDS, activists, global health specialists, NGOs, and policy makers in Amsterdam for AIDS 2018. With almost a third of those infected with HIV globally still not aware of their status or accessing treatment, we must maintain a real sense of collective urgency to get us to an AIDS-free future.”
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