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YouthAids Ambassador Ashley Judd launches U.S.-funded Newstart Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centre (VCT ) for HIV/AIDS in Cape Town (01/31/05)

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YouthAids Ambassador Ashley Judd launches U.S.-funded Newstart Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centre (VCT ) for HIV/AIDS in Cape Town

January 31, 2005

The program encourages South Africans to know their HIV status

American actress and YouthAIDS Global Ambassador Ashley Judd attended the official launch of the New Start VCT Centre in Cape Town on Monday. Following a tour of the new facility in the central city, Ms. Judd, along with New Start personnel, Consul General Moosa Valli and CDC representatives Dr. Okey Nwanyanwu and Dr. Melanie Duckworth, joined government and NGO representatives for the formal launch at the Metropole Hotel.

Press availability immediately preceding the launch allowed Ms. Judd and New Start officials to explain the purpose of the new Centre which will complement government's VCT program and encourage South Africans to know their HIV status. New Start is supported by the South African government and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.