Studies Back Circumcision, but Obstacles Remain
July 27, 2012
Three studies have shown that male circumcision can reduce female-to-male HIV infection by 60 percent, but barriers remain to the procedure's adoption in Africa, where it would do the most good.
Circumcision efforts are increasing in 14 African nations, where international health agencies hope to reach 80 percent of males ages 15-49 by 2015, or 20 million men. Just 1.5 million circumcisions have been conducted in the five years since the World Health Organization recommended the procedure in countries hard-hit by AIDS.
07.26.2012; David Brown
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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