Our #AIDSfree Launch

No more discrimination. No more HIV infections. No more AIDS-related death.

These are the aims of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

To help meet them, we support frontline programmes that help alleviate the physical, emotional and financial pain of those living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Today we are proud to announce a two month partnership with the Evening Standard and the Independent . Join us in our charity appeal #AIDSfree, to tackle the AIDS epidemic and dramatically boost the number of people being tested for HIV.

Over the next two months, we will journey from London to Atlanta, Nairobi, Kiev, Delhi, Maputo and back, shining a spotlight on how people around the world are combatting the virus. We will also be promoting testing, particularly for those vulnerable to HIV and need to know their status.

AIDS is a devastating disease that has killed more than 36 million people since the start of the epidemic. But it is beatable.

Treatment has transformed the global effort to reduce the HIV burden, ensuring that those affected have full lives and cannot pass the virus on to others. AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by more than 51% since their peak in 2004.

Much work remains, but the distance we have already traveled demonstrates just how much we can accomplish together. Please join us in this fight to ensure no one gets left behind.

Through UK Aid Match, the UK government will double public donations up to £2 million to be spent across projects in Maputo and Nairobi.

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