Alicia Keys 'wants to spark HIV debate'

Alicia Keys is keen to get women around the world talking about the issue of HIV and Aids.

The songstress is working with the Kaiser Family Foundation for Empowered - a campaign set up in March this year to provide grants to projects aimed at educating females about the disease - and she is hoping to spark a global conversation regarding the virus.

An effective way to prevent the spread of HIV is through condom use - but there are worries that many people are still failing to stay safe when having sex.

The Girl on Fire and Fallin' singer revealed she sensed a connection between herself and women with the virus during a recent trip to Africa, noting: "They looked like they could be my sister, or they could be my aunt, or they could be my cousin."

Keys explained she is eager to bridge the gap that exists between domestic and international conversations about HIV and Aids.