KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) _ Two traditional healers who claimed they could cure AIDS died of the disease after sleeping with women patients they treated.

Peter Sibanda of the Zimbabwe Traditional Healers Association told a medical conference Thursday that the deaths were a ``harsh lesson'' for those claiming to cure AIDS, The Herald newspaper reported.

``We had told the healers that what they were doing was against our ethics,'' Sibanda said.

More than one in seven of Zimbabwe's 11.5 million people are thought to be infected with the HIV virus that leads to acquired immune deficiency syndrome. There is no known cure.