03/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Bono: The Real Deal With AIDS

ELLE asked me to turn this page (RED) to honor the fact that women are at the vanguard of a movement to stop the greatest health crisis in 600 years: HIV/AIDS. First off, I want to ask you, Why is it that women are much less willing than men to accept a world where 5,500 people a day die from a preventable, treatable disease? Could it have something to do with that second X chromosome? Do we men have some gene that makes us look the other way--that gives us a penis but no conscience?

Me, I don't believe in biological destiny. I think women care more because women bear more of the burden. Almost two thirds of Africans with AIDS are women. In South Africa, nearly 90 percent of new infections occurred in 15-to-24-year-old females. (I can't get my head around that fact, let alone get it out of my head.) I could fill this whole page with such numbers... but while statistics paint a picture, they don't tell a story. So here goes.