*Dionne Warwick has taken her 30-year battle for HIV/AIDS awareness to a new public service announcement.
In the 1980s, Warwick was one of the first celebrities to publicly announce her support to combat HIV/AIDS. The PSA, produced by nonprofit ARCIA, opens with the legendary songstress speaking decades ago about her work in HIV/AIDS awareness before cutting to the present day.
“Despite remarkable progress in the fight against HIV, women account for almost 20 percent of the estimated 45,000 new HIV infections in the United States each year,” she says in the video. “African American women account for an alarming 62 percent of new HIV infections [among women]. We must continue to protect ourselves. If you are sexually active, no matter what your age, please practice safe sex and get texted for HIV.”
Warwick’s PSA dropped on Wednesday (March 8), International Women’s Day. And though it was for all women, the 76-year-old was also reaching out to older citizens by directing viewers to ACRIA’s AgeIsNotACondom.org website. The clip also coincides with Women’s History Month in March and National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Friday, March 10.
Watch Warwick’s “Women and HIV/AIDS” PSA below: