Grant to help inform HIV-positive people of family-building options

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The Elton John AIDS Foundation today (Feb. 3) announced a grant to The American Fertility Association to increase awareness of family-building options for HIV-positive men and women.

An announcement from the musician’s foundation said, “n an effort to increase awareness of the medical strides that currently allow HIV-positive individuals to safely have biologically-linked offspring, EJAF and The AFA have joined forces to implement a grass-roots educational campaign specifically targeting HIV-positive individuals, the physicians who serve them, reproductive endocrinologists (fertility specialists), and community-based organizations.”

The campaign will focus on underserved locations in the South, using social media and the Web to reach HIV-positive people considering pregnancy options. The campaign also involves a seminar for professionals on HIV family-building options to educate the medical community on the science and issues involved.

“We’re honored to have support from Elton John AIDS Foundation to help bring hope and awareness to those living with HIV and desiring to safely have biologically-related children,” said Ken Mosesian, executive director of The American Fertility Association.

Mosesian continued, “This work will also give us the platform from which to speak about the continued need for HIV prevention, including condom use.”

“Over the years, advancements in drug therapy and treatment have changed the lives of many people living with HIV/AIDS, making it possible for them to live longer, fuller, healthier lives,” said EJAF executive director Scott Campbell. “HIV-positive people are entitled to be a vital part of our society, just like everyone else. Thanks to groundbreaking advancements in fertility science, there is no reason that children shouldn’t be part of that equation. EJAF is proud to join with The AFA in championing the human rights of people with HIV, including their right to have families of their own.”

Photo: Sir Elton John, right to left, and David Furnish receive The American Fertility Association’s Advocacy Award from board of directors member Guy Ringler. (PRNewsFoto/The American Fertility Association)