Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Obama Gets HIV Test, Fights Kenya Stigma

Obama Gets HIV Test, Fights Kenya Stigma

Obama rocks.
"Sen. Barack Obama and his wife took HIV tests before a crowd of thousands Saturday at a clinic in Kenya in an effort to battle the fear and social stigmas that have slowed progress in fighting the spread of AIDS.

Thousands of people gathered around the tiny mobile clinic in Kisumu, western Kenya, to see Barack and Michelle Obama tested for the virus that causes AIDS.
''If you know your status, you can prevent illness,'' Obama, the only African-American in the Senate, told the crowd. ''You can avoid passing it to your children and your wives.''

Some 1.2 million of Kenya's 32 million people were infected with HIV in 2004. Obama and his wife did not make public the results of their instant tests, but the senator said ''we probably wouldn't be smiling'' if the results were positive. "
HIV is killing people orders of magnitude faster than terrorism could ever hope to. Good to see some U.S. leadership on the issue.

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