Welcome to the official website for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).
During the past two decades, we have seen tremendous advances in the fight against AIDS. Enormous strides have been made in the development of effective HIV treatment and prevention options, slowing the spread of HIV throughout the world and enabling people who have access to health care to live longer, healthier lives. Moreover, an important study released by the National Institutes of Health in 2011 proved that people receiving effective HIV treatment are 96% LESS likely to transmit the disease to others. Quite literally, treatment IS prevention, which means that getting HIV medicines to everyone who needs them will not only save lives but will also contribute to the end of AIDS.
We have every reason to be excited and hopeful that we will one day achieve our vision of a world without AIDS.
However, the road ahead will not be easy. A stagnant economy and cutbacks in U.S. government funding are pushing many U.S. states to consider reducing the number of low-income people eligible for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. In Latin America and the Caribbean, international aid for health programs is under threat. Just when governments should be putting more money into innovative HIV prevention and treatment programs, funding is being flat-lined or slashed. This potential reversal of the past three decades of gains against AIDS inspires not only our anger, but also our resolve to continue and step up our fight.
In this environment, the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation is more important than ever before. Please take a few moments to browse the many features and resources available on this website to learn more about EJAF’s urgent work and to find out how you can help. I especially urge you to read the wonderful articles about the work of some of our outstanding grantees, and take a close look at the diverse projects we have funded over the past several years. As we move forward, EJAF will continue to evaluate its grant-making priorities to make sure that the dollars you invest through our grants will go to worthy projects addressing the most pressing needs of this ever evolving epidemic.
Seven thousand men, women, and children become HIV-infected every day. We have both the moral obligation and the power to end this epidemic. Do we have the will? I know I do, and I will remain committed to this cause for the rest of my life. Won’t you join me?
Sir Elton John
Elton John AIDS Foundation