“Your support means so much to all of us at the Foundation, our partners, and the vulnerable communities we serve who are at risk of HIV and stigmatised for who they are.”
Elton John, Founder
In India, unprotected male-to-male sex, laws against distribution of condoms in prisons, and high rates of injected drug use contribute to high risk of HIV/STI among prisoners. There have been relatively few HIV interventions among prisoners, among whom an estimated 6,800 are living with HIV. The Foundation-funded project expands HIV prevention-to-care continuum services to male prisoners and their families in three vulnerable states in India through health and structural interventions. It also works to create an enabling environment in prisons, prepare prisoners with life-coping skills, and link family members of prisoners to social-legal protection services to reduce vulnerability to HIV/STI.