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'Sex & the City' Gets Serious About HIV and AIDS in South Africa - Kristin Davis Helps Oxfam Break the Stigma and Close the Treatment Gaps Fuelling AIDS
Date:2/1/2008

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kristin Davis, star of US hit TV show Sex & the City, will join with Oxfam and leading AIDS activists at a Johannesburg press conference tomorrow, Saturday, February 2, to support community efforts in addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic in South Africa.

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Kristin, an Oxfam Global Ambassador, will share a platform with the President of Oxfam America, Raymond C. Offenheiser, and leading South African activists, to raise up the voices of the communities she has met, and to help ensure that they are given the dignity of effective HIV treatment and care.

This is Kristin's second trip to South Africa, and she has used her time to revisit the strong women and community groups that touched her in Soweto, as well as learning more about how HIV is tackled in South Africa from new groups in rural areas and informal settlements.

The trip has helped Kristin appreciate the power and importance of community workers in South Africa's response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, as well as the obstacles that are preventing millions of people living with HIV from getting the treatment they need, such as the lack of doctors, nurses and treatment clinics, particularly in rural areas.

Kristin Davis, Oxfam Global Ambassador, says:

"I have been amazed by the incredible strength and energy of South Africa's community groups in tackling the AIDS epidemic in this country. People like Mama Grace, who runs a soup kitchen in Soweto for orphans and other vulnerable children, are an incredible tower of strength in South Africa's uphill response to AIDS. These unsung heroes are pulling together what little f
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