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Lennox: HIV/AIDS crisis "breaks my heart"

March 13th, 2010
08:42 PM ET

(CNN) – The HIV virus and AIDS, the debilitating condition it causes, are the leading killers of women of reproductive age in the world, the singer and activist Annie Lennox told CNN in an interview aired Friday.

“The world needs to wake up and realize that the HIV/AIDS pandemic has changed its face since the 1980’s. It has been affecting women and children at an enormous rate,” Lennox told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“As a woman and a mother myself, I want to contribute to keeping this issue on the table. HIV is invisible”, she added.

“You have swine flu, you have bird flu, and everybody is up in arms. But this has been a killer for years and it’s not getting any better.”

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