Published On: Sat, Dec 3rd, 2016

Elton John raises awareness about HIV and AIDS

London, Dec 3 (PTI) Musician Elton John has raised awareness among people in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The 69-year-old Grammy-winning singer has written a blog, where he detailed how his foundation and the United States
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief had teamed up to help keep HIV clinics open across the world, reported
Femalefirst.

“For World AIDS Day 2016, we are proud to celebrate its first successes. To date it has issued 24 grants in nine
countries through small grants, keeping HIV clinics open and protecting the brave LGBT activists that run them.
“This work is badly needed. In a short space of time, the Fund received more than 235 applications. Each request makes
horribly clear just how much LGBT human rights abuses serve as a barrier to ending AIDS. Now more than ever it’s time for
government leaders and philanthropists to join efforts to overcome the anti-LGBT stigma, discrimination and violence
that is making the HIV epidemic worse,” he wrote.

The singer also opened up about how “many LGBT people are too afraid to go to hospitals and clinics” as they are worried
about being discriminated.

“Stigma, discrimination and violence mean many LGBT people are too afraid to go to hospitals and clinics, because when
they do they face discrimination. More than this, health services for LGBT people are raided by the police and LGBT
organisations face severe political pressure.”

PTI

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