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Oprah takes Aids test

oprah Winfrey has taken an Aids test – in the hope that it will encourage students at her new South African school for disadvantaged girls to do so too. The talk show queen took the test on Saturday at her new $40 million school in the Aids-afflicted country, saying, “To be a great leader you must be of sound mind, body and spirit. Part of leadership is having the courage to demonstrate true action. Today I have taken the test to demonstrate why it’s so important.” She also promises to provide free anti-retroviral treatment to all parents and relatives living in the students’ homes. Anti-apartheid icon and former president Nelson oandela praised oprah for building the school, which took in 152 mostly black girls in its first batch of students, chosen from thousands of applicants. [8 January 2007]

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