Here`s why Annie Lenox wore "HIV Positive" tee

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 17:52 PM IST

London: Annie Lennox says she sported a t-shirt emblazoned with the words `HIV Positive` on American Idol to express solidarity with the people infected with the deadly virus.

The Eurythmics star, 55, triggered speculations about her heath after she wore the tee on the talent hunt show last week.

However, she has now explained her decision for selecting the outfit.

"The fact that I wore the t-shirt made thousands of people speculate whether I was 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 Daily Star quoted her, as writing on her blog.

Lennox added: "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."