Thursday, 5 November 2015

Elton John - HIV/AIDS increasing in Africa because people are afraid to come out as gay

Renowned homosexual and music legend, Sir Elton John has claimed that the spread of HIV/AIDS across the African continent is because Africans are afraid to come out publicly to say they are gay.

He spoke on Thursday when his foundation, the Elton John Aids Foundation, donated $5m to organisations in sub-Saharan Africa providing support to lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people suffering from AIDS or HIV.

John and “his husband, David Furnish”, will unveil a new partnership with the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with the Elton John AIDS Foundation and PEPFAR each contributing $5 million to a fund to increase access to medication for people with HIV and AIDS in countries that are prejudiced toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

He stated that the stigmatization such persons suffered made others more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

John told CNBC’s Tania Bryer that “We’re seeing an alarming growth in infections amongst these communities [where] we find that LGBT people are stigmatized where they live.

“It stigmatizes the disease and the conditions where they live and so they don’t come out and have HIV tests. They feel nervous about going on the medication, about being labelled or branded as someone with HIV, so we really have to go in and attack the root of the problem and that is the stigmatization and the lack of safe access to treatment and advice and counselling.

“Otherwise, we won’t stop the disease in its tracks,” he stated.

Countries on the African continent have strongly kicked against recognising gayism, with some countries even placing up to 14-year jail sentence on anyone that is gay.

It was reported that the Zimbabwean President, Mr. Robert Mugabe had sarcastically proposed marriage to the United States’ President, Mr. Barrack Obama.

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