ETAF and PEPFAR launch $4 million partnership to reach men with HIV prevention and treatment services

ETAF and PEPFAR launch $4 million partnership to reach men with HIV prevention and treatment services

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) today announced a $4 million, two-year partnership to accelerate progress toward controlling the AIDS epidemic through innovative strategies to reach men aged 25-40 with HIV prevention and treatment services in Malawi.

The partnership will focus on supporting the 90/90/90 UNAIDS treatment targets by working with HIV service delivery organizations on pioneering approaches in HIV testing, treatment, and linkages to care for males in Malawi. In Malawi and many other countries, data show that men often access HIV testing at far lower rates than do women. As a result, men living with HIV often enter care with more advanced disease, are less likely to receive lifesaving ART, miss opportunities to prevent ongoing transmission, and have higher AIDS-related mortality than their female counterparts.

Whoopi Goldberg Receives Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award

Whoopi Goldberg Receives Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award

To honor Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as a true humanitarian, ETAF periodically recognizes outspoken individuals making extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS. We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this tribute than our Ambassador and our friend, Whoopi Goldberg. Today on The View, four of Elizabeth Taylor's grandchildren surprised Whoopi with the award live on the show.

SAG-AFTRA, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Call on Hollywood to Spotlight HIV/AIDS

SAG-AFTRA, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Call on Hollywood to Spotlight HIV/AIDS

Panelists at an Wednesday night SAG-AFTRA / Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation event emphasized that Hollywood needs to tell stories that speak to the continuing epidemic of HIV/AIDS — which today is disproportionately, though not at all exclusively, African-American.

“Where are the movies about Alvin Ailey?” asked actor/writer Tarell Alvin McCraney of awards contender Moonlight, referencing the famed dancer and choreographer who died of AIDS in 1989. “The stories are there, but they don’t make it to where people see them.”

For McCraney, the issue is personal, among other reasons because his mother was diagnosed as HIV-positive when he was 13.

SAG-AFTRA Focuses on ‘Culture of Healing’ for World AIDS Day

SAG-AFTRA Focuses on ‘Culture of Healing’ for World AIDS Day

Half a dozen prominent HIV/AIDS activists asserted Wednesday night at SAG-AFTRA’s Los Angeles headquarters that American society has to break down more barriers to deal effectively with the disease after more than three decades.

“We have to have a culture of healing which we do not have now,” said Tarell Alvin McCraney, writer of the story that serves as the basis for awards contender “Moonlight,” titled “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”

McCraney’s mother died of AIDS, a decade after being diagnosed when he was 13. “I remember the first time I cried was when I saw ‘Forrest Gump’ and saw Jenny die and related that to my mother dying,” he added.

Hollywood’s Fight Against AIDS: “This Industry Is Engaged To Educate”

Hollywood’s Fight Against AIDS: “This Industry Is Engaged To Educate”

Panelists assembled at SAG-AFTRA’s headquarters on the eve of World AIDS Day heaped praise on Hollywood for its early and continuing efforts to educate the world about the deadly disease, but they all agreed that the industry can and should do more – especially when it comes to reaching African Americans.

“The entertainment industry played a huge role at the beginning of the epidemic, and I believe it can play a huge role in ending it,” said Dr. Michael Gottlieb, who in 1981 became the first physician to describe the new disease that would later become known as AIDS.

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GAIA Elizabeth Taylor Mobile Health Clinics Receive New Tech

GAIA Elizabeth Taylor Mobile Health Clinics Receive New Tech

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 25, 2016 - LRAD Corporation (NASDAQ: LRAD), the world’s leading provider of acoustic hailing devices and advanced mass notification systems, announced today that the Company has donated four LRAD 100X systems to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (“ETAF”) for use on its mobile health clinics in Malawi. The communication systems are being utilized to broadcast Anti-Siren® acoustic tones, greetings, clinic services and health education information to rural villagers in the Mulanje and Phalombe districts.

Charlize Theron & Elton John Insist It’s Our Generation That Can Stop AIDS

Charlize Theron & Elton John Insist It’s Our Generation That Can Stop AIDS

Every day, thousands of people will die of AIDS and close to 6,000 will become infected with HIV. 

GenEndit, a coalition dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, invites us all to help win this battle. The coalition, made up of Charlize Theron, Elton John, Nelson Mandela's grandson Kweku Mandela Amuah, Elizabeth Taylors grandson Quinn Tivey, strongly believes—along with other committed activists and organizations—that ours is the generation that will, indeed, bring an end to it.

Theron exclusively tells E! News, "We won't see the end of the epidemic unless we are all fighting, especially youth. Young people have always been strong drivers of social change. Ending AIDS requires speaking out and eradicating sexism, racism, homophobia, and any other form of stigma and discrimination that causes anyone to be left behind."

ETAF Ambassador Kelly Gluckman Interviews Politician Bob Poe

ETAF Ambassador Kelly Gluckman Interviews Politician Bob Poe

Many of us who are living with HIV choose to remain in the shadows because of the stigma that goes along with this virus. The prospect of becoming public as HIV positive can be a really scary thing. Stakes are high with possible social and professional repercussions and for so many of us, staying in the HIV closet is the safest bet. Although we are not our virus and the truth is that it’s really no one’s business except perhaps our sexual partners, many of us do decide that it’s worth it to come out and tell the world.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Bob Poe, who made the courageous decision to go public about living with HIV while running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 10th district this November. According to his interview in Watermark Magazine, if Poe is successful, he will be "the first openly HIV-positive person elected to Congress."

I was honored to have him share his story with me.