Garbage lead singer named patron of Scotland AIDS charity

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 16 2002 11:00 PM ET

Shirley Manson, lead singer of the rock group Garbage, has been named patron of Waverley Care, an HIV/AIDS service organization based in her home city of Edinburgh, BBC News reports. "I'm keen to do as much as I can to support people who are living with HIV and to encourage young people to take the possibility of contracting HIV seriously," Manson said. "I had an AIDS scare myself once. My test was negative, thank God, but it was the most terrifying period of my life." Manson has been involved with the charity for several years.

"We are very excited by the opportunity of working with Shirley to raise awareness of HIV and are grateful for her personal interest in what we are doing to support the growing number of people in Edinburgh whose lives are touched by the virus," said David Johnson, director of Waverley Care.