South Africa: Use Condoms, Don't Have Sex Too Young, Mandela Urges
July 12, 2005
Monday in Johannesburg, former South African President Nelson Mandela urged people to adopt safe sex practices to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS. "AIDS has spread because people have so many partners. People should use condoms and try to resist being with a partner until about 18 or 19 years old," Mandela was quoted as saying by the South African Press Association. Mandela was speaking at his foundation, where he introduced four new ambassadors for his 46664 HIV awareness campaign, which is named after his prison number under apartheid because he believes the pandemic is reducing people to statistics. The new ambassadors are local musicians Vusi Mahlasela and Dozi, actress Kim Engelbrecht and radio personality Leanne Manas.