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Putting an End to HIV: Attending Elton John’s Academy Awards Viewing Party

How Tanya Johnson Is Raising Money for HIV Prevention

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Tanya Johnson recently attended Sir Elton John’s Academy Awards Viewing Party to raise money to fight HIV/AIDS. The event attracts dozens of celebrities and public figures every year as everyone gathers to watch the awards show live in the heart of West Hollywood.As a former healthcare provider and philanthropist, battling the HIV epidemic has long been a top priority for Ms. Johnson.
There have been several new advancements in the fight against HIV as of late, including the release of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other prevention methods. Tanya Johnson is proud to do her part to support this worthy cause. Learn more about her experiences with HIV prevention and how the medical community is working to bring this epidemic to an end.
Attending Elton John’s Academy Awards Viewing Party
Few HIV fundraisers are as prominent as Sir Elton John’s Academy Awards Viewing Party. The room was full of some of the entertainment industry’s biggest celebrities, including Sir Elton himself, is partner David Furnish, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Boy George and many others. All proceeds went to charity.The event raised $6.2 million for HIV/AIDS research and prevention. The Killers played live during the event as guests enjoyed a delicious 5-course meal prepared by Chef Gordon Ramsay. It was truly an unforgettable evening. Later in the night, Tanya Johnson also stopped by the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in downtown Hollywood.
This wasn’t the first time Tanya Johnson has been invited to Elton Johnson’s Academy Awards fundraiser. She has been close friends with both Elton and his partner David for many years. She’s been a guest in their home and vice versa. Tanya has always admired Sir Elton John not just for his music but his continued commitment to bringing an end to the HIV epidemic.
As a former healthcare provider, Ms. Johnson is all too familiar with the HIV epidemic. Over the course of her career, she has cared for HIV patients as a paramedic, resident physician and physician. She also volunteered in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, both of which have some of the highest HIV rates in the world. Sub-Saharan Africa, currently the hardest hit region, is home to more than two-thirds of all people living with HIV globally.
The Latest in HIV Prevention
The HIV virus continues to be a problem for countries and communities across the globe. There are currently 37.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the world, which accounts for 0.8% of the global population. This number has risen over time as those with HIV continue to longer than in years past. Thankfully, global prevalence among adults has mostly leveled since 2001.However, HIV remains a leading cause of death worldwide and the leading cause of death globally among women of reproductive age.
There were 1.7 new HIV infections in 2018. While there is no cure for the virus, millions of those living with HIV or those at risk of contracting it do not have access to healthcare, including prevention, treatment, and care.
There have been numerous efforts and campaigns to prevent the spread of HIV, particularly in places like Sub-Saharan Africa. Prevention methods typically include changing the individual’s behavior, using condoms during sexual intercourse, access to HIV testing, preserving blood supplies, and safety practices for injection drug users. However, women are not always able to negotiate condom use and safe sex preferencesbefore or during intercourse.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been one of the most successful and widely used prevention strategies over the last few years. This medication is 99% effective at preventing new injections when taken daily. While the price of these drugs remains high, generic options should be available later this year. The manufacturer of the drug has also pledged to donate free or low-cost medications to populations in need, particularly men of color and women of reproductive age, two of the most vulnerable populations on the planet.
Researchers are also exploring a vaginal ring that would slowly releases the antiviral drug dapivirine into the woman’s system. The wearer would need to replace the ring every 4 weeks.The Ring Study demonstrated in 2016 that the dapivirine ring reduced the risk of HIV infection by roughly 30% in women ages 18 to 45 years. This could a potential game-changer when it comes to preventing the spread of HIV in women, who currently make up around 50% of all HIV cases.
When it comes to HIV treatment, patients typically receive antiretroviral treatment (ART). Researchers are looking for ways to reduce the frequency, cost and potential side-effects of these drugs to increase access among vulnerable populations. Thanks to these innovative treatment methods, those living with HIV can now reach full life expectancy.

As promising as these new treatment and prevention methods may be, more work needs to be done. Follow along with Tanya Johnson as she continues to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.

Sources: https://www.kff.org/global-health-policy/fact-sheet/the-global-hivaids-epidemic/
https://www.hiv.gov/blog/hiv-treatment-advances-and-other-final-hiv-research-updates-2019-ias-conference-hiv-science


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