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Orthodox Church effort combats AIDS

September 9, 2005
MOSCOW -- The Russian Orthodox Church launched a program Tuesday to help stem Russia's snowballing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Government and UN officials praised the initiative while others criticized the church, saying action was long overdue.

The church prevention program calls for teaching to discourage sex with multiple partners and gay sex, practices the church regards as sinful and that may lead to infection.

In addition, priests and other church workers are instructed to treat people infected with HIV/AIDS "as any other person suffering from some serious illness" and are encouraged to promote tolerance.



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