Akie Abe, Japan’s First Lady, is taking over MTV Staying Alive’s Twitter on April 11 to talk about HIV

Japan’s First Lady, Akie Abe, will be taking over MTV Staying Alive’s twitter account on Saturday, April 11, to answer your HIV-related questions.

Between Sunday, April 5, and Tuesday, April 7, you’ll be able to send Akie Abe your HIV-related questions via twitter. Just tweet your question and include the hashtag #AkieAbe.

The First Lady will be posting her answers to selected questions via @MTVStayingAlive on Saturday, April 11.


As First Ladies go, Akie Abe is pretty awesome. She is a dedicated AIDS campaigner and in a speech she gave last year at UNAIDS, she promised to work the rest of her life on ending AIDS by “amplifying the voice of the voiceless”. What better way to do this than to shout about HIV on one of the world’s biggest media platforms, MTV!

HIV is still a massive problem, especially for young people—globally, 42% of all new HIV infections occur in young people and Asia has had the largest AIDS-related death toll outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is working with Akie Abe to help raise awareness of HIV in Asia.

MTV Staying Alive and the First Lady will also be airing an advert on MTV channels across Asia, in partnership with the Nippon Foundation and Japan Center for International Exchange/Friends of the Global Fund, Japan, to raise awareness of HIV in the region.

Go here for more info about the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

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