To raise AIDS awareness and encourage people to get tested for HIV, amfAR Ambassador Janet Jackson has launched a new public service announcement that has been widely distributed online and will soon be aired on television. The PSA was released on World AIDS Day, December 1.
Also on World AIDS Day, CNN.com published an opinion piece coauthored by Ms. Jackson and amfAR Founding Chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim. Titled “Creating an AIDS-Free Generation by Starting at Home,” Ms. Jackson and Dr. Krim argue that we should focus our prevention efforts on those communities that are disproportionately affected by HIV, such as black women and young, black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Both the editorial and the PSA stress the importance of knowing one’s HIV status.
Janet Jackson is a long-time supporter of amfAR and has made appearances at several of the Foundation’s high-profile international fundraising events. The Grammy award- winning pop legend was a chair of the Foundation’s inaugural amfAR Milano event in 2009 and of Cinema Against AIDS, Cannes, in both 2011 and 2012.