Report: Urgent need for additional HIV/AIDS funding

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NEW YORK — A new report finds that while over $50 million has been donated to LGBTQ health issues, there is still vital work to be done and an urgent need for more money to fight HIV and AIDS.

The report, Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing, assesses the scale and character of foundation giving for the health and wellness of LGBTQ communities and is one of several special reports by Funders for LGBTQ Issues that tracks domestic foundation giving to LGBTQ causes.

Beyond looking at the infection rates and health disparities, the report also looked at the stigma and tangential needs that impact people living with HIV/AIDS. Some of the report’s key findings include:

• Despite making up only 2% of the population, gay and bisexual and other men who have sex with men account for 64% of new HIV infections.

• LGBTQ people are more likely to lack health insurance: 18% have none, compared to 13% of the general population.

• $23.2 million, or nearly half of all LGBTQ health funding goes to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, however, only 21% of HIV/AIDS funding targets LGBTQ communities.

• 41% of transgender people report having attempted suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population.

• On average, less than half of 1% of foundation funding for health is for LGBTQ communities.

The report also provides critical information for mainstream and LGBTQ funders to push both groups to make donations and investments in LGBTQ health issues.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has been identified as the top funder for LGBTQ health issues, according to a new report by the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving for LGBTQ issues.

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