*Janet Jackson is booked to attend the annual AIDS charity event Life Ball, to be held May 21 in Vienna — 30 years after the disease was first discovered, organizers announced today.
Jackson will be present in her capacity as representative of the Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR).
“HIV/AIDS is a pandemic which requires our immediate and continued attention,” the singer says in a statement.
“Combination therapy has made HIV a maintainable disease, but sadly, there is still no cure and it continues to spread at alarming rates. HIV/AIDS is a continuing hazard, both in the Unites States and abroad.”
The Life Ball is held annually by AIDS LIFE, an independent non-profit organization that raises funds for people living with HIV.
Last year, the ball generated $ 2.1 million for AIDS charities.