"Growing Belief" Among Men in Swaziland That Circumcision Provides Complete Protection Against HIV, IRIN News Reports
August 4, 2008
There is a "growing belief" among some men in Swaziland that circumcision provides complete protection against HIV -- a perception that is concerning nongovernmental organizations working to combat the spread of the virus in the country -- IRIN News reports. According to IRIN News, some public health officials in Swaziland recently have "lauded" male circumcision as a procedure that can reduce a man's risk of HIV.
According to a recent study by the United Nations Development Program, 20% of men in Swaziland consistently use condoms, which Hlope said might indicate that circumcised men did not stop using condoms after the procedure but had never used them in the first place. She added that education about the procedure should stress a clear and consistent message that it should be part of a variety of HIV prevention measures. "Until that happens, women will be infected with HIV this way, and ... male circumcision may do more harm than good if it is misused to deny women full protection," Hlope said (IRIN News, 7/31).
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