Elton John has announced that his charity foundation will donate $5m to improve access to HIV therapies for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in Africa.
The British music legend teamed up with the US government to donate $10m to organisations in sub-Saharan Africa who work with lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people suffering from Aids or HIV. According to Sir Elton, the stigmatisation such groups suffer in Africa allows Aids to spread.
"I think it's going to make an awful lot of difference because we can get medicine to people who [are] being ostracised," he said.
But the star admitted he would have to "tread carefully" around politicians and religious leaders in the continent, many of whom insist that homosexuality is an aberration.
"It's not going to be easy. But it's getting the medicine to the people who need it on a daily basis so the HIV and Aids epidemic doesn't spread any further.
"It is spreading because people are afraid for their lives, they're afraid to get tested, they're afraid to say they're gay. Unless we nip this in the bud now, it's going to cause awful havoc."
The initial focus will be on countries where homosexuality is illegal.