Singer and songwriter Alicia Keys was named ABC’s Person of the Week for using her voice to help foster more interest about HIV/AIDS.
Keys’ organization Keep a Child Alive has predominately worked in towns and villages throughout Africa, but according to David Muir of ABC, she’s bringing the conversation back to the U.S.
“Talking about HIV-AIDS, you know, it’s critical and it is our generation’s issue and if we don’t talk about it now, it’s going to continue,” she said. “We tend to have a good international dialogue – like a good, healthy dialogue – but we’re not really discussing it in America. … We have to learn as much as we can and we have to share with as many people we can.”
Keys told Muir:
“It doesn’t matter if you’re positive, if you’re negative, whatever the case, you’re at risk, your children are at risk. We have to talk about it, and we have to be able to dialogue [about] it again. … I think we’ve gotten a bit complacent, just feeling like it’s not something that will happen to us.”
“This is our collective problem,” Keys continued. “They’re your sister. … They’re your aunties. They’re your daughters. … We have a lot of work to do and we have a lot to talk about.”