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Purity, Chastity, and Abstinence: An Answer to AIDS
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In 2004 a pair of Pueblo doctors started an nonprofit organization called University Chastity Education (UCE). Dr. Kim Dernovsek, a dermatologist spent several years touring the United States and presenting a medical lecture entitled: Teens and Sex: Reach Them Now or Treat Them Later.

After one speech she was invited through a grant to give this lecture in Uganda, Africa. Accompanied by her husband, Dr. Ken Dernovsek, an endocrinologist, they traveled to Uganda in 2003 discovered an AIDS infested country that was beating that horrid disease by depending on chastity education and doing relationships ďGodís way.Ē

After her lecture in Uganda in 2003, she found herself surrounded by 'young, hadnsome, Ugandan men' who asked for her help to get more chastity cards. With this inspiration, UCE was founded.

Historically, because of civil unrest in a dictator-controlled country, Westerners were kicked out of the country and told it wasnít safe. In 1991, AIDS had infected 21% of the population in Uganda. With the western culture went condoms, and medicine.

With Polygamy as a backdrop, and children prostituting them selves for schooling or even food and clothing the epidemic threatened to grow even worse. Uganda however, had a Christian background and local Christians suggested it was time for the people to get on their knees, pray and go back to Godís instruction on sexuality which included abstinence, chastity, and purity within marriage.

In 2001 the total AIDS population dropped to 5%. Uganda holds the world's greatest documented success in fighting AIDS through behavior change.

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