Farrell & Saldana Launch Personal Anti-AIDS Videos

by 11:36 AM PST, November 28, 2012
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Stars including Colin Farrell, Zoe Saldana and Kellan Lutz have recorded personal messages urging action in the global fight against AIDS.

The videos are part of a YouTube series called "It starts with me," which was created by ONE -- the global anti-poverty group co-founded by U2 frontman Bono -- to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1.

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In his video message, Farrell says of AIDS: "It's not an African disease, it's not an American disease. It's not a disease that is of any country, any region or any continent -- or any sexuality, gay, straight. It's just a human disease that has taken so much life, and it continues to do so. It doesn't have to be that way. As one world, let's end this."

Lutz said he "decided to do whatever I could to help end" the spread of AIDS and pledges, "I'm in it to end it." In her message, Saldana urges individuals from all walks of life to come together for the cause. "It is very important that we unite and try to make a difference -- whether through education or action -- it is imperative that us as a human race come together to aid those in need and  those family and children and women and men who are being affected today by this disease."

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The campaign will continue to be populated with videos from people across the globe who can share their personal stories about what inspired them to join the fight against AIDS. Viewers will also have the opportunity to sign ONE's petition to protect life-saving programs for the treatment and prevention of the disease.