Chair Of Elton John AIDS Foundation Says Homophobia, Stigma Hindering HIV Prevention Efforts In Eastern Europe, Central Asia; New Grant Program To Address Issues In Region
The Telegraph: Stigma is holding back fight against AIDS in Eastern Europe, warns David Furnish
“David Furnish, AIDS campaigner and husband of Sir Elton John, has condemned the homophobia and stigma that is hampering the control of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, was speaking to the Telegraph as the foundation, in partnership with drug company Gilead, launched a $25 million, five-year initiative to fight the disease in Eastern Europe and Central Asia — the only region in the world where the number of new HIV infections is going up. … The foundation and Gilead’s new initiative is to be launched in Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, before being rolled out to other cities in the the region. Around 25 countries … will be able to apply for grants aimed at improving health services and reducing stigma and discrimination…” (Gulland, 9/13).