HIV/Aids

08 January 2007

Oprah takes Aids test in SA

Oprah Winfrey took an HIV test in Cape town on Saturday during a visit to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

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Oprah Winfrey took an HIV test in Cape town on Saturday during a visit to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, emphasising that Aids is a scourge in Africa that must be stopped.

The Associated Press reports that Winfrey encouraged all 152 students at the academy to take the HIV test, which can detect the virus that causes Aids. Almost five-and-a-half million of South Africa's 48 million population have AIDS, the wire service reports, and Winfrey told the students that the sign of a good leader is one who leads by example.

"Part of leadership is having the courage to demonstrate through action," the A.P. quotes Winfrey as saying. "Today I have taken the test to demonstrate why it's so important."

The results of Winfrey's and the students' HIV tests won't be publicly revealed, the wire service reported, and the test, offered for free, was not mandatory. – (HealthDayNews)

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