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England Soccer Stars Fight AIDS in Malawi

May 27, 2005

Three English football stars spoke to more than 3,000 youths in Malawi on Monday, urging them to combat HIV/AIDS. Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville and Manchester City's goalkeeper David James visited the country as part of an HIV/AIDS campaign sponsored by the British Department for International Development. "I am glad to be here and encourage Malawian youths in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Abstain, if you can't use a condom," Neville told the cheering students gathered in Blantyre's main stadium. The two-day trip included scheduled visits to orphanages as well as stadium demonstrations -- including football workshops for aspiring players -- in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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