HIV is on the rise amongst young people. In fact, it is the only age group where new infections are rising. @carolallenstorey series The Young Survivors is a collection of intimate portraits, taken as a part of a project with EJAF, focusing on how adolescents cope with being HIV positive. She gave this worrying trend a very human face and voice. Huge congratulations on winning first prize in the 2019 IPPAWARDS with the series. Your work is an inspiration to everyone at EJAF!
The stigma that surrounds #HIV is still the greatest challenge we face in the fight to #EndAIDS. This stigma holds many people back in their personal lives and it is also preventing people from accessing HIV services. HIV isn’t a death sentence. HIV doesn’t define people or their lifestyles. By knowing the facts about HIV, you can save yourself, and others, a lot of worry and help bust myths and misconceptions. Remember, HIV can only be transmitted via blood, semen, vaginal fluids, anal mucous or breastmilk. Kissing, sweat, tears, or sex with someone undetectable #CantPassItOn
Fewer men than women are on HIV treatment across the world. Fewer men than women seek HIV testing services. Fewer men than women are virally suppressed. In the fight to #EndAIDS it's vital that the effort is made to reach men at risk worldwide. In some sub-Saharan countries, men seek HIV testing 60% less frequently than women. @menstar has been working for a year now to understand why the statistics for men are different, and to try to bring men into the conversation. @ejaf ‘s #ChukuaSelfie campaign in Kenya is one of the programmes designed to reach these men at risk. Men must play an active role in the fight against #HIV and our strategy aims to facilitate that with campaigns like this.
We don’t know about you but we are still not over our #EJAFMidsummer! $6M raised on one of the most fun and fabulous evenings yet. The support received from everyone who attended was so heartwarming. And the support from everyone who couldn’t make it was even more overwhelming. Thank you for making #EJAFMidsummer the amazing success it was.
We were delighted to see the great discussions and conversations held at the International AIDS Conference in July. Collaboration is the key to success in this fight. To #EndAIDS, everyone needs to be involved. That's why we are so happy to have had Mohamed take part in the #IAS2019 Men & HIV Panel discussing the challenges men face worldwide, and how supporting and giving access to testing for men can make a huge difference. @ias_conference
Yesterday was such an amazing success, raising $6M at our first-ever Midsummer Party in the South of France to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, supporting services, and advocacy programs across the globe. Thanks to our amazing partners, @americanair, The Kraft Group, @bentleymotors and Lily Safra for making this amazing evening possible! We hope everyone had a great time.
What a delight to have a room full of people committed to the fight to #EndAIDS. The best way to tackle the #HIV problem is together. We are so grateful to everyone who has attended and we hope everyone is having a wonderful evening! #EJAFMidsummer
Everything ready to welcome the first guests of the evening at #EJAFMidsummer! We have such an exciting evening ahead of us all in support of the fight against the biggest epidemic of our time #EndAIDS. Always remember, even if you couldn't make it to #EJAFMidsummer, you can still join in the fight to #EndAIDS by donating. Just visit ejaf.org. Your support help us to keep working towards an #AIDSFree future.
HIV affects different communities differently. Data show that young men worldwide access #HIV testing at lower rates than women. In some sub-Saharan countries this difference grows even wider, with men accesing testing up to 70% less than women do. This not only endangers their own health but further contributes to the spread of the virus. Testing is a vital tool in the mission to #EndAIDS by 2030, and at EJAF we believe that a partnership is the best way to find solutions, share learning and optimise current techniques. The @MenStar Coalition will provide access to #HIV testing for these men, better engaging them in the battle against #AIDS.
Rupert Everett reading on BBC Radio 4 from Derek Jarman's vivid memoir and his description of the garden he created in Dungeness in the wake of his HIV diagnosis made us think of all the amazing talent that‘s been lost to #HIV. Since the outbreak of the virus in the 80s, we have lost so many talented individuals to #AIDS. Singers, writters, film makers, artists - we can only dream of what they could have created in the past 30 years. We won't ever know what great hits Freddy Mercury would have sung, or the great films Derek Jarman would have directed. But now we have the tools and opportunity to prevent the loss of any more talented individuals and we mustn’t fail to do so. This is why the fight to #EndAIDS is so important to us.
It‘s not hard to understand the feelings of desperation and frustration many people experience when diagnosed with #HIV. We can't yet say we have found a treatment that successfully removes the virus from the system - and therefore nobody else can claim that either... BUT - and this is a big but - we can now say treatment not only gives you the chance to live a long and healthy life, but that being undetectable, you cannot pass the virus on! To that end, #PrEP and #PEP are extremely powerful tools for preventing new infections. It is our task is to bring light into what can be a hard topic to navigate! #CantPassItOn
Later this month, Mexico City will host the @iasociety Conference on HIV Science, the world’s most influential meeting on HIV research and its applications. It is, every year, one of the best opportunities to keep expanding and collaborating to #EndAIDS. Last year's conference saw the launch of @Menstar, with @eltonjohn and @sussexroyal announcing their $1.2B coalition to expand HIV services for men, addressing the need to rapidly scale up men’s access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services. We are very excited to see what this year will bring to the table!
We’re very proud to announce that we have received the 14th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator aims to validate the work of efficient and transparent organisations in the US, and we are so happy that it has again acknowledged that we continue to adhere to our core values of financial responsibility, accountability, transparency, trustworthiness, and efficiency. The timing of this ringing endorsement from America’s most trusted independent charity evaluator is absolutely crucial to our continuing efforts to end the #AIDS epidemic in our lifetime.
Have you met the @teamprepster yet? They are one of our grantees and are carrying out fantastic work educating people about the importance of #PrEP in the fight against #HIV/AIDS. Producing fabulous content to get the message out far and wide about how much of a game-changer PreP can be. Sometimes with all the information that comes our way, it's easy to get overwhelmed and hard to see where progress is being made. Like that saying... you can't see the wood for the trees! The fight against HIV is one that takes everyone to join forces and the team at Prepster is a great example of that! Keep the good work.
With #Pride Month coming to an end, and the huge celebration of inclusivity and diversity in World Pride @nycpride this weekend, we would like to wish our staff, our grantees, and all the people whose lives we've touched around the world a Happy #Pride one more time! Equality should be year-round. People should never be afraid to seek help or treatment because of their sexuality or gender identity. In the fight to #EndAIDS, equality is a must.
Following @eltonjohn and @emmanuelmacron 's call to arms from the @elysee Palace, @theresamay @10downingstreet has today announced the #UK will join the @globalfund replenishment with £1.4 billion! This substantial increase shows a commitment and example for all other nations to follow #StepUpTheFight
Since the #Stonewall Riots 50 years ago today, the #LGBTQ community has made huge progress in the struggle against discrimination. Today we have the opportunity to look back and celebrate all the achievements made possible by those who stood up for our rights all those decades ago but we cannot fail to forget everyone who still faces inequality, discrimation and hate all around the world. These 50 years have been far from easy for the #LGBT community, which has also been disproportionally affected by the worst epidemic of our lifetime. #AIDS needs to be fought leaving noone behind. At EJAF, we stand today beside all those who risked their safety, wellbeing and life to fight for what they believed in. Happy #Pride!
It's estimated that people who inject drugs are 28 times more likely to be living with HIV than those in the general population. Between 2011 and 2015, new HIV infections within this group rose by a staggering 33%. Today, on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we call for more supportive policy environments for harm reduction, better access to HIV services and an end to the discrimination and stigmatisation of people who use drugs. Since its creation in 2013, the @supportdontpunish campaign has provided open-access resources, materials and start-up funding to local partners, as well as a broad umbrella and global branding under which local advocacy issues can be pushed forward. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to supporting services for people who use drugs, and since 2013, we have distributed over £8.7m in direct grants to support HIV and harm reduction services for people who use drugs worldwide.
Yesterday, @EmmanuelMacron handed @eltonofficial the highest French order of merit -the #Légiondhonneur- at the Elysee Palace. Elton used the occasion of receiving the Légion d’honneur to also discuss with President Macron their shared vision for the fight against global AIDS and the forthcoming replenishment of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB & Malaria. Elton has worked tirelessly through @ejaf to fight aids, promote gay rights and ensure no one gets left behind in creating an aids free future and this is appreciation is well deserved! With the @GlobalFund Conference in sight later this year, the necessity for a united effort to #EndAIDS is now more important than ever before. EJAF is committed to keep fighting this disease. We have the tools to #EndAIDS and we will. #StepUpTheFight
In today's @lemondefr op-ed, @eltonjohn, Lelio Marmora, Executive Director of @UNITAID and Peter Sands, Executive Director of @GlobalFund discuss their upcoming meeting with President Macron on Friday, and look back and celebrate the achievements so far in the fight against HIV/AIDS. But most importantly, looking ahead to the Global Fund Conference in Lyon later this year, they highlight how crucial it is to make a collaborative effort to end this disease. The tools are available to cut #AIDS related deaths by half. We have the potential to reduce new infections by 61% and provide treatment to 27 million people living with #HIV. In the fight against the worst epidemic of our time, cooperation from all sides is our biggest weapon. #StepUpTheFight
Botswana has ruled to scrap laws that criminalise homosexuality acknowledging that prohibitive environments increase the vulnerability of #LGBT people to HIV. Everyone, regardless of their sexuality or gender has a right to live a healthy and happy life. Botswana remains one of the countries most affected by HIV with more than 380 000 people living with the virus despite of its provision of free ART. Criminalising a minority that is disproportionately affected by HIV was a huge step back in the fight to end this disease. We are delighted to hear about the news in Botswana but we can't forget that over 70 countries still ban or criminalise homosexuality. #LGBT people living with HIV should and must receive treatment without fear and we won’t achieve that until these bans are abolished. #PRIDE
This weekend marked the 26th and last @lifeball_official in Vienna and we want to congratulate everyone who took part in it, this year or the previous. This event to celebrate those living with HIV and fundraise for the fight to end this disease has for the last 26 years been a reference worldwide. Although this was the last, the fight against HIV/AIDS continues, now stronger than ever! Hope everyone had a wonderful time this weekend!
Thanks to @sussexroyal for the shoutout in their Pride post! We are delighted and so honoured to be included among other fantastic organisations. Continuing the outstanding legacy of Princess Diana, who brought light to the importance of fighting stigma against people living with HIV, is key to successfully fighting the disease. HIV disproportionately threatens minorities, including those in the LGBT+ community, and in June here at @ejaf we join @sussexroyal and everyone else to celebrate everyone in this community.
On this day in 1981 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on the first few cases of a rare pneumonia affecting young gay men living in New York and California. It would later be identified as HIV/AIDS. Since that day 38 years ago, almost no one has remained untouched, with many friends and loved ones having been lost. However in almost 4 decades of hard work from survivors, organisations and advocates, millions of lives have also been saved and at @ejaf we are proud to be part of this fight against an evil that still disproportionally affects minorities around the globe. Today we celebrate those who live with HIV and AIDS, whose strength in the face of ongoing stigma continues to show the world that everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life and inspires all of us to work together to end #AIDS.
Today is the start of #Pride Month! To our staff, our grantees, and all the people we touch around the world who make up the vibrant #LGBTQ community, including those who may not be out: Happy Pride. Remember you have a right to live a long and healthy life, and you are loved.
Today, on #HarveyMilkDay, we remember the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, a man who “imagined a righteous world & then set about to create it.” As we continue to fight against #HIV stigma, we’re keeping this quote of Harvey's in mind.
This week, we’re at #HR19 in Portugal with grantees, policymakers, and advocates from across the world to illuminate the harsh reality for people who inject drugs: 13% live with #HIV, and current funding for this population is only 13% of what’s needed. These people represent the frontline in the global fight against #AIDS, but they are often stigmatized and kept from accessing critical prevention tools. Harm reduction means solving that problem by providing people who inject drugs with the tools needed to keep themselves, and their communities, safe and healthy. We’re excited to also host this year’s International Harm Reduction Film Festival, showcasing films about human rights, drug policy and harm reduction work through the lens of activists on the ground. Check out the #HR19 hashtag for more!
This has been the reality for trans people in the United States since 2015. That’s why on National Transgender HIV Testing Day, we’re proud to raise awareness around the need for increased HIV prevention and treatment for trans and gender non-binary people. By empowering trans people to get tested for HIV through our grantees like @humanrightscampaign free from stigma and discrimination, we can end AIDS for this community by 2030. #NTHTD #TransHIV
Congrats to #VivaGlam on 25 years of raising awareness and funds to fight AIDS around the world. Every cent of the selling price of @MACcosmetics Viva Glam Lipstick goes to the impactful MAC AIDS Fund. In celebration of our shared cause, here's a #TBT of our founder @eltonjohn in 2002's campaign along with #ShirleyManson and #MaryJBlige!
@jordan_roth, president of #JujamcynTheaters, will be honored at this year's #JFC2019! Jordan's activism is apparent on the stages of #Broadway and in the work of the HIV/AIDS organizations he has helped fund. We’re so excited to spend this night raising even more money for #LGBTQ health and equality and celebrating all the achievements of the past 50 years.
What’s that? Oh, no big deal, other than the fact Olympic freestyle skier @GusKenworthy is the host of #JFC2019!🎿🥈⛷💪🏼🏳️🌈 We are absolutely honored to be a beneficiary at this year’s @JeffreyFashionCares Benefit, and we can’t wait to see how Gus will make this night even more special! On April 10, NYC will come together to celebrate 50 years of #queer fashion and activism, address the latest challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and put #LGBTQ inclusivity and equality at the heart of everything we do.
We’re getting close to this year’s #JFC2019—a night of fashion shows, cocktails, silent auctions and lots of dancing—all to raise money for LGBTQ communities! Tickets are still available. This year’s theme, ‘50 Years of Queer Fashion,’ is special because we’re honoring the 50th anniversary of the #Stonewall Uprising and the fact that #WorldPrideDay will be right here in NYC! Since 2002, @JeffreyFashionCares has raised $11 million to support #LGBTQ civil rights, HIV research & prevention and education for LGBTQ youth. We’re extremely thankful and honored to be beneficiaries once again alongside the wonderful @aliforneycenter and @lambdalegal. Here’s to an incredible night and many more years of progress ahead!
Stigma leads to negative health outcomes, including HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths. During #LGBTHealthWeek, we remain more committed than ever to partnering with grantees like @humanrightscampaign to #RejectRhetoric so we can end AIDS by 2030.
From 2011 to 2015, the number of #HIV diagnoses increased by 38% among American Indians and Alaska Natives. On National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we're encouraging Native people across the United States and Territorial Areas to get tested and get involved in HIV/AIDS prevention. Anyone can get HIV, which means everyone plays a role in preventing it. If we are to end AIDS for all people by 2030, we need to include #Native communities in our conversations about access to treatment and prevention tools. #NNHAAD
On National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we’re remembering the stark realities for the 235,000 women and girls diagnosed with HIV in the United States. And we’re especially raising awareness around the realities for African American women who make up more than 61% of new HIV infections among women but are only 14% of the female population in the United States. During this years theme of "HIV Prevention Starts With Me," let’s remember the role we can all play in preventing transmission. Whether you take steps to protect yourself and your partner, get tested regularly, or get on PrEP, together we can lower the number of HIV infections for women and girls. #NWGHAAD
“Experts say that a gay Black man in the United States has a one in two chance of being diagnosed with HIV. In Atlanta, it’s even worse with the odds closer to 60%. My team has been working with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to hammer out a plan to move us forward. Because it takes money, and know-how, and political and community will, and compassion and courage to get this done.” -Chairman of Fulton County Board of Commissioners #RobbPitts spoke with @eltonjohn at the #EJAFOscars Party on the HIV epidemic in Atlanta, Georgia and the solutions needed to end it! We’re proud to be working with him to reverse this crisis.
On #ZeroDiscrimination Day, we're remembering—and fighting for—the millions of people who are left without access to HIV/AIDS testing and treatment because of discriminatory laws that deny their human rights. HIV+ people should not be discriminated against because of their status. And LGBTQ communities should not be cut off from care—or worse, denied—due to stigma. That’s why, in places like Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where new HIV cases have increased by 30% since 2010, we’ve partnered with #GileadSciences to fund community-based organizations that have given 8,000+ people access to HIV prevention tools in otherwise remote and discriminatory areas. What we’re learning is clear: Challenging laws that prevent people from accessing the treatment and testing they need is how we’ll end AIDS by 2030.
Our #EJAFOscars Viewing Party surpassed last year’s total, raising millions for community leaders using proven solutions to test, treat and end HIV/AIDS in the most vulnerable areas around the world.
@EltonJohn took the stage with @taron.egerton for a surprise performance at #EJAFOscars Party! Proceeds from the event (including the auction of Elton’s piano!) will benefit our Foundation’s grantees in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is more than just a performance. It’s a symbol that when we come together, we can save lives and change our world. #Oscars #RocketMan
Thankful for our dedicated supporters who continue to show up year after year for the #EJAFOscars Viewing Party, helping us raise millions and make a real difference in the global fight to end HIV/AIDS. Look who joined us this year!
It’s time for our 27th Annual #EJAFOscars Viewing Party! As always, it will be a night full of fun (special performance by @TheKillers!), raising money to support our grantees working around the world to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. There are lots of surprises in store, so join us for this special night through the #IMDbLive stream (http://imdb.to/Oscars) and follow along with the hashtag #EJAFOscars! P.S. Don’t forget that you can donate to the cause no matter where you are by visiting ejaf.org (link in bio). #Oscars
This Yamaha Piano was played by @eltonjohn during the “Devil Wears Prada” studio sessions and at last years’ Academy Awards Viewing Party with @gretavanfleet. It’s also one of the items that we’ll be auctioning off at this Sunday’s #EJAFOscars Viewing Party. All proceeds we raise from the auction will benefit our grantees who are fighting HIV stigma and increasing access to testing and treatment in the most vulnerable communities around the world. Stay tuned for more updates from Hollywood’s biggest #Oscars fundraiser!
"Thank you to all who have joined us through both donation and discussion over the last eight weeks. All funds will go to projects helping people in cities get the care that could save their life.” Our CEO, @anneaslett wants to personally thank every single person who, through donations, sharing their story or participating in our #AIDSfree Cities Global Forum, has supported our campaign over the last two months. Thanks to you, we have raised £3.26m which will keep funding the fight for an #AIDSfree future. "By 2030, we hope to achieve not just AIDS free cities but an AIDS free world. With this campaign, we are a crucial step closer.”
Our #AIDSfree campaign has raised £3.26m which all goes towards making AIDS history in cities around the world. @EltonJohn has a special message to everyone who joined the fight in the past two months. “I’m so proud of what the AIDSfree campaign has achieved. I applaud the Departments of Health and International Development for their commitment to ending AIDS at home and around the world. What an historic goal! Thank you to every single person who has donated and everyone who attended the AIDSfree Cities Global Forum. We are united in our mission to save lives and to show the compassion and conviction that will ultimately defeat AIDS.” Together, we can make our goal a reality. Thank you.
“I must’ve been around 14 when I realised what being HIV positive actually meant and that it was something that wasn’t going to just go away if I kept ignoring it the way I did.” A boy who was born with HIV has shared his story of how his diagnosis is a family secret - not even his siblings who live with him know his status. It’s difficult to comprehend that such vulnerability still exists among children living in our capital city. While so many of those with HIV are living full and fulfilling lives, there are others, who feel forced to hide. Even in an open, tolerant city such as London, we still have so much to do to break down the crippling stigma around HIV. Help us get there by donating through the link in our description. Every donation will be doubled by the UK government, up to £2m #UKAidMatch @dfid_uk
What an inspiring day our #AIDSfree Cities Global Forum was, with civic leaders from across the globe re-affirming their commitment to achieving the UN 90-90-90 targets. We heard stories from those living with HIV in cities around the world and convened medical experts, campaigners, activists, as well as @matthancockmp and @pennymordauntmp to focus on the individual successes and challenges of each of our six campaign cities. As our CEO Anne Aslett said in her closing remarks, “I started the day saying I am optimistic. I am even more optimistic now. Just think what we can do in the next ten years.” Together, we can reach our goal of an #AIDSfree world. Remember the campaign is still going until Friday so you can make your last minute donations by visiting the link in our description. Every donation will be doubled by the UK government up to £2m #UKAidMatch @DFID_UK.
Over the last eight weeks, we have spotlighted six key cities where amazing progress is being made in the fight against HIV, but where continued commitment is needed if we are to make our vision of an #AIDSfree future a reality. London is one of them. While the city has taken huge steps forward through increased prevention, testing and access to care, there are still those who are too ashamed or scared to take the first step and get tested. As London is home to 40% of all people living with HIV, this is a problem. Tomorrow, London is hosting leaders and representative from across our six #AIDSfree cities for a Global Forum, to highlight the urgent need for greater collaboration and purpose moving forward. Only by working together as a global community can we hope to end AIDS and save thousands of lives across the world.