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Zuma's Testimony Riles AIDS Activists


AIDS activists in South Africa are expressing outrage over testimony by former Deputy President Jacob Zuma at his trial on rape charges.

In court Wednesday, Zuma said he showered after having unprotected sex with his accuser in order to minimize the chance of acquiring AIDS.

Zuma's 31-year-old accuser has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Zuma is not infected. He says the sexual contact was consensual.

AIDS activists say Zuma's testimony undermines the nation's prevention campaign. They say it gives the impression that men who do not use a condom during intercourse with HIV-positive women are not at risk.

Some five million people in South Africa suffer from AIDS, the greatest number of any country in the world.

Zuma is the former head of South Africa's AIDS Council.

South Africa's government is often accused of not taking AIDS seriously.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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