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More Than 40,000 Zimbabwean Men Circumcised Since Last Year

November 22, 2011

Zimbabwe is 40,000 men closer to its goal of circumcising 1.2 million men by 2015, state media reported Friday.

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Ministry of Health and Child Welfare representatives credit the gain to two large-scale education campaigns it has undertaken since the program was implemented in 2010. A third campaign is slated to begin at the end of November.

Convincing data suggest that male circumcision cuts the risk of female-to-male HIV transmission by about 60 percent. National male circumcision coordinator Sinokuthemba Xaba urges comprehensive HIV prevention tactics -- including the use of male and female condoms, abstinence, faithfulness, and HIV testing -- in addition to circumcision,.

"About 11,000 men were circumcised by December 2010 but over 20,000 have been circumcised this year alone," said Xaba. "The major reason for the increase is the increase in awareness and accessibility of male circumcision."

"Neonatal circumcision has not yet been introduced, but preparations are underway," added Xaba. "The initial pilot will not be prioritized in the short term due to limited resources, but will have [a] long-term plan from 2015 and beyond." Xaba also noted neonatal circumcision, like adult male circumcision, would be free "to ensure that cost does not become a limiting factor to access."

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Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency
11.18.2011


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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