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First lady praises HIV-positive moms who combat stigma


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - Laura Bush praised HIV-positive mothers for working to erase the stigma attached to their disease and urged African women to take control of their sexual lives, talking candidly about sensitive topics Tuesday during her visit to Africa.

Bush's day took her from her luxury hotel in downtown Cape Town into Khayelitsha township, the site of protests over poor housing conditions the day before.

She was greeted exuberantly inside the health complex she was visiting to showcase the work done there through The Mothers' Programmes, a private organization that receives some assistance through President Bush's five-year, $15 billion anti-AIDS effort.


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Information in this article was accurate in July 13, 2005. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.