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African Princess to Speak on HIV/AIDS at Cedarville University

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African Princess to Speak on HIV/AIDS at Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

March 3, 2003

Cedarville, Ohio—Princess Kasune Zulu of Zambia, who is HIV-positive, will bring her message of hope for people living with HIV/AIDS to Cedarville University on Tuesday, March 18. Her visit is courtesy of World Vision, a nonprofit Christian relief and development organization. According to World Vision, "In countries like Zambia, where one in five adults are HIV-positive, the virus can be a death sentence. ... Many avoid being tested, afraid to name the illness that is slowly consuming them. Others keep their test results secret, for fear of the rejection and shame ...". Zulu was a 21-year-old wife and mother of two young children when she tested positive for HIV in 1997. Now, at age 27, she is a voice for those who live with HIV/AIDS. As an assistant development facilitator for World Vision Zambia, Zulu works with World Vision`s Hope Initiative to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and to urge care and advocacy for the sick. She coordinates health education activities for youth, focusing specific attention on young single women. She also hosts the Zambian radio program "Positive Living," which, according to World Vision, "helps listeners address issues and personal problems associated with the AIDS pandemic." Zulu will speak to Cedarville students from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend any of these sessions. For room locations and to reserve a seat, call Cindy Sutter-Tkel at 937-766-7676. -30-