By the Editor@EltonJohn.com
Today, World AIDS Day, The Elton John AIDS Foundation is asking you to support their work in removing the stigma of HIV from people affected by the disease.
EJAF’s message for World AIDS Day is: “Today your compassion can help us create an AIDS free future. The worst symptom of AIDS remains stigma.
In Tanzania, many primary school students are forced to wear red badges sewn on their uniform denoting their HIV positive status. When children are asked why they wear the badges, they reply, “it is because I am sick”. When asked what their sickness is, they say “I do not know”. AIDS is not in their vocabulary. When the same question is posed to the heads of their schools, they say it’s a way for teachers to identify those children who are too weak to engage in physical activity. They are motivated by the best intentions, but do not understand the profound consequences of ‘branding’ the children.
At the Elton John AIDS Foundation we believe that AIDS can be beaten – by stopping new HIV infections, preventing AIDS deaths and wiping out discrimination against people living with or very vulnerable to HIV disease.
This means fighting stigma, and the biggest weapon we have to fight is in all of us. Compassion.
This World AIDS Day we are asking you to support our work in removing the stigma of HIV from people affected by the disease. Today your compassion can help us create an AIDS free future.”
DONATE HERE In 2012 children are still being stigmatised because they or someone in their family has HIV. Please help EJAF to wipe out discrimination.
ABOUT THE DONATION £25 can help EJAF free a child from the stigma of an HIV ‘branding’ and give them back their dignity. Banish the stigma and discrimination!