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2005-04-20-HIV note panics Kenyan students
Kenyan police are investigating a claim that a female student has slept with more than 100 fellow students to try to infect them with HIV, the Aids virus.
Officials at Moi University in western Kenya say they believe a two-page letter posted on a notice board from a law student signed NP could be a hoax.
But counselling and tests are being provided for worried students.
Police say that if the author of the letter is deliberately spreading HIV, she will face charges.
In the letter, the writer says she tested positive after a relationship with an older student.
She then says she went on a "spreading spree" to get revenge on university students and feels she has nothing to apologise for.
"So far I have slept with 124 students, Yes 124 and only six have used a condom," the letter says.
A student at the university in Eldoret, some 300km west of Nairobi, said that many of them were very scared.
"The college assures us they have things under control, but a lot of us are worried. Our parents have also been calling us too," he said.
But Moi University Vice Chancellor, Professor David Some, says he believes the letter could be a hoax, most likely from a jilted lover.
He however says the university is not taking any chances.
"What we have put in place is a full-time counselling and HIV-testing facility," he said.
He says university administrators are also questioning male students and trying to establish who may have posted the note.