Rachel Zoe Raises Awareness for HIV Vaccine

Feb 3, 2012 6:05pm

Fortunata Kasege is telling her story through celebrity stylist  Rachel Zoe’s mouth. The juxtaposition of Kasege’s voice and words and Zoe’s face are part of a new celebrity campaign for the Abzyme Research Foundation, a group that hopes to raise awareness for the possibility of a future vaccine for the virus.

“I left my home and family in Tanzania and came to the United States. I was going to be a journalist,” Kasege, who is unseen, says as Zoe moves her mouth to the words.

“I learned I was HIV positive when I was pregnant with my baby girl,” she says. “Thanks to my treatment … she was born HIV negative.”

Zoe is the first celebrity face to appear in the campaign.

The celebrities will be released month by month.

Zachary Barnett, a spokesperson for ARF, said another big name will be revealed in a few weeks.

“We will aiming to do more interesting [disparities] between the speaker and the celebrity,” he said.

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