Annie Lennox has explained her decision to appear on TV wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words 'HIV Positive' - insisting she is not infected with the virus, but wore the slogan to show her "solidarity" with sufferers.
The Eurythmics star sparked concerns for her health after she was spotted in the garment during an appearance on American Idol last week. The singer has confirmed she does not have the disease, but is happy to wear the blouse to challenge the social stigma.
In a post on her blog, she writes, "The fact that I wore the t-shirt made thousands of people speculate whether I was HIV positive or not. So many people responded that it was the number one most discussed topic on Yahoo and MySpace. 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 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. 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."