Her Big Idea: Annie Lennox

We can overcome HIV/AIDS, she says.
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Annie Lennox has a new mission: battling HIV and AIDS, particularly in Africa. She spoke about the topic at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday: "In South Africa, right now, one in three pregnant women are HIV-positive. I'd like you take just a moment to consider this. In the United States, can you imagine that one in three pregnant women were HIV positive? It is unimaginable. I've been an HIV/AIDS campaigner for almost a decade. Over the years, I've traveled to African countries like Malawi, Uganda, and South Africa, where I've personally witnessed the devastation of AIDS. I've visited clinics, hospitals, orphanages, and people in their homes in rural areas and urban townships. I've seen young women and mothers dying in their prime, leaving their children to fend precariously for themselves, with entire generations and communities wiped out.

"As a woman, a mother, a human being, I find this intolerable and profoundly unacceptable, especially because it doesn't have to be this way."

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Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also writes about religion and culture.

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