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Aids unit donated by Liz Taylor
Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Dame Elizabeth set up her own Aids foundation in 1991
Dame Elizabeth Taylor is celebrating her 74th birthday with a donation of a mobile Aids medical unit to the people of hurricane-hit New Orleans.

The centre is being given to the New Orleans Aids Task Force. The actress has raised millions for Aids charities.

The 40-feet vehicle has two exam rooms and X-ray facilities.

It will be staffed by doctors who worked in Aids clinics which were forced to close in the wake of Hurricane Katrina last August.

The new vehicle will allow doctors to provide "vital care" to victims of the disease in New Orleans and surrounding neighbourhoods, said Martin Delaney, founding director of Aids organisation Project Inform.

"There are a lot of areas in the Gulf Coast that have never been served well by AIDS clinics," he said.

"This provides a chance to bring treatment out to a much wider range of places."

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