COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new Emergency Fund to support our frontline partners.

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The world’s first HIV Social Impact Bond is a joint mission to focus on HIV testing and care across three London boroughs that have some of the highest HIV rates in Europe: Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

Anne Aslett, Chief Executive Officer of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, recently had the pleasure of speaking with Grace Bottoni, a GP and HIV champion who works for One Health Lewisham, about the work they’ve been doing to support people at risk or living with HIV in the area through the Foundation-supported Social Impact Bond and the impact that COVID-19 has had.

We’ve managed to identify nine new cases of HIV in Lewisham in the last 12 months. Purely by doing routine testing. Grace Bottoni

Grace explains the importance of knowing the risks of Coronavirus and being tested to know your status during the current pandemic. These mirror the conversations that we have been having for years about HIV and Grace reminds us that HIV testing and treatment is just as important now as ever before.

Contact your GP to learn more about HIV or to request an HIV test.

Find out more about our Zero HIV Social Impact Bond here.