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Theron shocked by AIDS superstitions in South Africa

world Updated: Aug 20, 2009 17:31 IST
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Hollywood actress Charlize Theron is shocked by the lack of AIDS awareness in her native South Africa, where HIV-positive men believe they'll be cured of the disease if they have sex with a young virgin.

The 'Mighty Joe Young' star who was born in Benoni, South Africa, is reportedly amazed that people in her native place are still so superstitious regarding this deadly disease, Contactmusic reported.

"You have huge HIV numbers and nobody is educated on how you get HIV. Many think if they rape a child or virgin they will will be cured of the disease... It's a problem where education and people are being naive, cultures that are very superstitious," said the actress.

The 34-year-old actress had founded the Cape Town Rape Crisis Centre in 1999 in a bid to halt her homeland's AIDS epidemic, but a decade later there are still people who think they can find simple cures for the killer disease.

Theron has tried to uplift her native country in more ways than one. In July this year, it was announced that Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) would form a coalition with LAFC Soccer Club to give soccer fields to rural areas in South Africa.

Other than AIDS awareness, Theron is also involved in women's organisations, and has marched for abortion rights. She is a supporter of animal rights and active member of PETA.

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