The sexually charged singer says she's abstinent to help support the fight against HIV

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Forget her in-your-face sexuality. Lady Gaga has a new routine: celibacy.

The lusty singer, 24, has shocked even herself with her latest message to embrace abstinence. Furthermore, she is urging fans to do the same, reports

“I can’t believe I’m saying this – don’t have sex,” Gaga said in England, where she is promoting MAC’s Viva Glam Campaign to fight AIDS. “It’s okay not to have sex, it’s okay to get to know people,” she says. “I’m celibate, celibacy’s fine.”

Gaga says she is advocating a ban on sex for herself in part because the HIV cases among women around the world have steadily risen, while cases among men have dropped.

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“It’s okay to be whomever it is that you want to be,” says Gaga. “You don’t have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if you’re not ready, don’t do it It’s not really cool anymore to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.”