The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has announced its first round of grants for calendar year 2013, totaling $850,000.

The three new and two renewal grants support organizations working to address some of the most critical challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. 

The projects being supported include:
• efforts to improve access to HIV-related medical services in Puerto Rico, an area of the country hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic;

• programs that help link people with little or no health coverage to resources that will help them stay on their HIV/AIDS medications;

• advocacy and education about HIV criminalization to end the use of criminal law to prosecute and imprison HIV-positive people for consensual and no-risk behavior;

• an engagement campaign to bring the documentary film How to Survive a Plague and associated education programs to a broader audience; and

• the creation of the New York City AIDS Memorial and the development of associated education programs.

View a complete list and project descriptions for these latest grants at www.ejaf.org/2013-grants.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a nonprofit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John.

Source: PR Newswire

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