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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
SOUTH AFRICA: Cricket Stars in AIDS Campaign

September 11, 2007
Agence France Presse (09.10.07) - Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Before participating in the inaugural Twenty20 cricket world championship in Johannesburg, players from South Africa and the West Indies took time Monday to bring an AIDS prevention message to local youths. "It is important for us to play a role in educating these young ones on HIV/AIDS," said Graeme Smith, captain of the South African team. "We will continue to encourage the youth to do the right thing," said Ramnaresh Sawran, captain of the West Indian team. "We are trying to help the kids to be aware of HIV/AIDS and to encourage people not to discriminate against HIV carriers." The International Cricket Council, UNAIDS, UNICEF, and South Africa's LoveLife program are working together on the five-year AIDS prevention campaign.

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