French first lady says AIDS is a personal affair
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 00:00

Paris: French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
said today she had witnessed first-hand the toll that AIDS
took on the fashion industry in the 1980s and spoke about her
brother`s death from the disease.

"I have witnessed the damage that HIV has caused for
humanity for some 20 years now," said Bruni-Sarkozy in an
interview to TV5Monde television on World AIDS Day.

Recounting her years as a supermodel, Bruni-Sarkozy said
"the fashion world was hit head-on by the AIDS pandemic. It
really did lose members of its family."

"The fashion industry became aware about this disease
very, very early on, because it was a victim of it," she

Bruni-Sarkozy, who lost her brother Virginio to AIDS in
2006, last year became an ambassador for the Geneva-based
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The supermodel-turned-singer has called for greater
access to AIDS-fighting drugs to eliminate mother-to-child HIV
transmission in poor countries by 2015.

"I am personally very sensitive about this issue," she
said in the interview.

But the wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy stressed that
her decision to join the global AIDS campaign was not directly
linked to her brother`s death.


First Published: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 00:00

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