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Circumcision Program in South African Town Reduces HIV Rates

September 13, 2013

Researchers from the University of Versailles in France have reported that a male circumcision program in Orange Farm, South Africa was successful in lowering HIV incidence and was popular with the local men. The researchers began a three-year program in 2008 that provided voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) to males older than 15 as well as HIV risk reduction counseling, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and the offer for HIV testing. Approximately 18,000 men agreed to undergo VMMC.

The researchers compared surveys from 2007 and early 2008 to follow-up surveys from 2010 and early 2011. Results showed that prevalence of circumcision for men 15 to 49 increased from 12 percent before the program to 58 percent after the program. HIV prevalence in the town after the program was 12.3 percent compared to estimates of 14.7 without the program -- a 19-percent reduction in three years.

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Comment by: Keith Rutter (Newport News, VA) Sat., Sep. 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm EDT
An American led initiative to ensure the spread of American ideas into Africa now that more and more American parents are rejecting Genital Cutting as a preventative of HIV transmission. So they go to Africa to prey on the gullible natives with their highly promiscuous lifestyle. Rather, the impetus should be on education and the developments of HIV cures and vaccines.
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