July 17, 2018
Written by Elton John AIDS Foundation
This article originally appeared on the Elton John AIDS Foundation website.
NEW YORK (July 12, 2018) – The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), an international leader in the global fight to end AIDS, and the International AIDS Society (IAS) today announced that Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex will launch a new global coalition focused on treating HIV infections in men at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. The coalition and its inaugural campaign will be unveiled on July 24th at the conference’s Opening Plenary and subsequently showcased in its Global Village.
“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” commented Sir Elton. “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.”
In addition to the new coalition’s launch, on Tuesday, July 24th, EJAF will host a press conference to announce new partners in its Eastern Europe & Central Asia Key Populations Fund (EECAKP) launched in October 2017, as well as the first grant awards under the fund and proposed activities. Over 96% of the 1.5 million people living with HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) belong to marginalized communities. The EECA Key Populations Fund, the first initiative of its kind, will prioritize these marginalized communities with innovative responses to the region’s expanding epidemic.
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