By Tim Saunders on
“The fact that I wore the T-shirt made thousands of people speculate whether I was was HIV positive or not,” wrote the singer. "So many people responded, that it was the number one most discussed topic on Yahoo and My Space. It’s such a simple thing, to wear a T-shirt with a message like that… yet it is highly controversial, and it forces people to confront an issue that is usually ignored, or kept at a distance.
“The stigma that accompanies HIV is truly profound, for many reasons, and the problem is that it is so stigmatised that it walks into a closet, and shuts the door behind itself, thus creating and re creating paranoia, fear and discrimination.
“The T-shirt is a bold statement of solidarity with those of us who are HIV positive. It risks social chastisement, because it is accompanied by a load of fear and taboo. 33 million people are currently living with the HI virus, but they are mainly invisible…
“We want HIV to go away… but it’s currently the biggest killer of women of reproductive age around the globe. As a woman and a mother I intend to keep sending out the message…”
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