Lawmaker Wants to Send Virgins to College  

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Lawmaker Wants to Send Virgins to College

Lawmaker Wants to Send Virgins to College
By Associated Press
Wed Jul 20, 8:31 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda - A lawmaker is offering to pay university fees for girls who are virgins when they graduate from high school, in part to help fight AIDS.

"We want to encourage people to be morally upright and not to go into early marriages. We also want girls to resist defilement. We do not want these girls to get exposed to AIDS," Bbaale County Member of Parliament Sulayiman Madaada said Wednesday.

He said he was counting on donors to help pay for the project.

Health workers in the central Kayunga District will conduct gynecological examination on girls who want to take part in the project - which is also intended to promote the education of girls there, Madaada told The Associated Press.

Uganda was one of the countries hit hardest by HIV/AIDS, but an aggressive campaign led by political, religious and community leaders pushed down infection rates from as high as 30 percent in the early 1990s to around seven percent now.

Infection rates, however, remain high in parts of Uganda.

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