FUNDERS

NAZ

NAZ is the sexual health charity dedicated providing culturally-specific sexual health services. We do this because there’s a big gap in the sexual health outcomes of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities compared to the general population in the UK. Everything we do works to reverse this.

We are one of the largest sexual health charities initiated and led by ethnic minorities. It is also one of the longest-established charities to focus predominantly on sexual health improvement and HIV support services for BAME communities. In the UK, people living with HIV who are on effective treatment live well into their 70s or 80s and cannot pass it on to others.

PHE

Luis E. Guerra, National Lead for Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV at Public Health England , said: “Despite major advances in treatment and reductions in diagnosis, HIV remains a public health challenge. Our HIV Innovation Fund works to foster new approaches to preventing HIV in most-impacted communities. As one of the initiates of this fund, we congratulate FACES for successfully and creatively raising awareness and tackling HIV stigma.”

Barts Charity

Barts Charity funds extraordinary healthcare in East London by supporting the Barts Health NHS group of hospitals. We also fund research projects at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Medicine and Dentistry which have an international reach.

Serving the highly diverse East London population, much of the work we do impacts those in the BAME community and a number of grants we’ve awarded have been specific to sexual health, for example, our funding for a sexual health bus meant that over 1,300 festival goers were tested for STIs last summer.

Barts Charity CEO, Fiona Miller-Smith says: “We’re proud to have funded the FACES film which is highlighting major sexual health issues in the BAME community in a highly engaging and accessible way. It’s fantastic that its impact will be felt not just on our doorstep in East London, but across the globe.”

Gilead

Gilead Sciences is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. The company strives to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

Michael Elliott, Vice President, Medical Affairs, EMEA at Gilead says, “Congratulations to NAZ on the UK launch of FACES. This is a moving film that we are proud to support. It raises so many important issues and is a call to action for us all.

BioSure

BioSure is a specialist diagnostics company, who developed the world’s first approved HIV self-test to use blood. The BioSURE HIV Self Test is incredibly simple, needs only a fraction of a drop of blood and gives you your own, easy to read result in just 15 minutes – No HIV test is easier.

Self-testing for HIV, offers us all a new way to think about HIV. It’s time to change the conversation, take control and end this epidemic. Now there’s an easy, accurate and convenient way for anyone who wants to test and know their status on their own terms

Brigette Bard, CEO, is passionate about allowing people to make informed choices and assume responsibility for their own healthcare. “We are thrilled to be supporting FACES, their honest and heartfelt delivery of such an important message inspires us to keep driving our innovation and educating as many people as possible that HIV is just 3 letters, not a sentence

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