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Leader Calls for 2-Year Sexual Abstinence

July 13, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

President Daniel Arap Moi is urging Kenyans to abstain from sex for at least two years to try to curb the spread of AIDS, newspapers reported.

The government has announced plans to import 300 million condoms to fight AIDS, a move that has drawn criticism from religious leaders.

As a further preventive measure, Moi pleaded with Kenyans to refrain from sex "even for only two years," saying that was the best way to check the epidemic. Kenyan Health Ministry experts estimate that 700 Kenyans die every day of AIDS, and 2.2 million of the country's 30 million people are infected with HIV, the virus that causes the disease.

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