Kenya's Cardinal Njue emphasises abstinence in war against HIV/AIDS

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's newly installed Cardinal John Njue on Saturday emphasised abstinence as the best tool against HIV/AIDS as thousands gathered to mark the World AIDS Day celebrations.
"There is no other way.
We emphasise abstinence as we have always said," John Cardinal Njue, who was installed last Saturday as Kenya's second Cardinal, told journalists after celebrating his second mass as Cardinal at Kariobangi Catholic Church in Nairobi.
Kenya's HIV/AIDS prevalence went down to 5.
1 per cent in 2006 from 5.
9 per cent in 2005 although health analysts said the decline in the prevalence was not necessarily good news in the fight against the disease, pointing out it was a sign of more AIDS-related death.
Kenya's National AIDS Control Council (NACC) has stepped up the war against the scourge with a campaign aimed at encouraging the country's 38 million people to know their status.
NACC Director Alloys Orago said this week only two million Kenyans had taken an HIV/AIDS test.
He said most people shied away from taking an HIV test because they feared stigma related to the disease.
In Kenya, the World AIDS Day was marked by public celebrations, speeches and an AIDS awareness marathon was convened in the western lake city of Kisumu to sensitise people against the dangers of the scourge.
The Kisumu 42 km and 21 km marathon was convened by the US funded Centre for Disease Control (CDC), which undertakes HIV/AIDS and malaria research in the area.

01 december 2007 17:27:00

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