Elton has hope that the U.S. can eliminate AIDS, but but not without addressing systemic racism.
In an article published by The Atlantic yesterday, the songwriter discussed how the disease was ''exacerbated by racism, bias, and discrimination.''
But he is inspired by EJAF partners, including Positive Impact Health Centers, which offer HIV preventive care and treatment, as well as services for those ''struggling with mental health and substance abuse.''
The musician explains that he started the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 because he believes ''everyone deserves the right to a healhy life, no matter who you love, who you are, or where you're from.''
He writes that his foundation has helped organisations transition from face-to-face to virtual appointments and provided personal protective equipment for staff members and the people they serve, as well as at-home delivery of lifesaving treatments and HIV self-testing kits.
Also going virtual is the International AIDS Conference, which wraps up today. One of the earlier events was with Elton and David Furnish, who addressed AIDS, stigma, and COVID during a series called On The Red Sofa.
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In related developments, Elton and David have announced the first grantees of a programme the EJAF has started with Gilead Sciences.
In a video clip, the former says that deaths linked to AIDS-related illnesses in Eastern Europe and Central Asia went up 300 percent in the last two decades.
Footage of the couple appears at www.radianhiv.org.