Listen to Sia’s powerful new ballad Free Me which has been released to help end HIV

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Grab a box of tissues – it’s an emotional one…

Sia has released a powerful new ballad titled Free Me, with all proceeds from the song to be donated to the #endHIV campaign.

Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana plays a newly pregnant mother who is about to be told that she has contracted HIV.

Narrated by Julianne Moore, the visual sees the mother react to the diagnosis throughout, before telling the viewer that “HIV/AIDS is the No.1 killer of women of reproductive age worldwide” at the end.

The #endHIV campaign is hoping to raise awareness of a promising new vaccine, as well urging people to donate so they can continue trials of the medication.

It comes a day after the World Health Organisation added HIV prevention drug PrEP to its list of essential medicines.

PrEP – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – is an anti-HIV medication taken by people who are HIV negative to lower their risk of contracting the infection.

Although the drug can cost up to £400 per patient a month, because multiple studies across the world have shown the medication to be an effective way of reducing the risk of contracting HIV, it is widely deemed a cost-effective way of working towards eliminating the virus.

Sia’s new single Free Me is available to download now.

To learn more about the #endHIV campaign, click here.

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