Sir Elton John reaffirms support for LGBTI

The British musician has partnered with two first time recipients of the LGBTI fund.

"British musician Sir Elton John attends a conference at the 2016 International Aids Conference in Durban. Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

DURBAN - British musician, Sir Elton John says excluding the LGBTI community from the fight against HIV and Aids will only increase the spread of the virus.

He was speaking at the International Aids Conference at the Durban ICC on Wednesday.

He says gay and lesbian people are discriminated against while Aids doesn't discriminate.

While Africa is the continent hardest hit by the HIV and Aids epidemic, the subject of homosexuality remains taboo in numerous African countries.

Sir Elton John, an openly gay activist says his foundation will work tirelessly to reach these communities.

"I'm gonna help all the LGBT that find it very difficult to be LGBT, to know that we are on their side. We will fight for them."

He says his Aids foundation has partnered with two first time recipients of the LGBTI fund, including the Global Forum on MSM and HIV's Ifeanyi Orazulike.

Orazulike says: "The Global Forum on MSM and HIV is delighted and very grateful to be part of this grant."

The conference has attracted thousands of delegates across the world, with Britain's Prince Harry expected to speak today.