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.

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“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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