New Web Site Seeks to Fight Myths About Circumcision and HIV
March 4, 2009
The World Health Organization (WHO) and several partners have introduced a Web site to serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding male circumcision and how it can help prevent HIV transmission.
It also presents a handbook showing surgical techniques. Dr. Kim Eva Dickson, the WHO medical officer who oversaw the site's development, said this information is not intended to provide training for traditional healers or even for surgeons: Experts say such knowledge should be passed directly from one surgeon to another. However, it could help health care workers in rural settings enhance their skills and learn about new methods and techniques.
Another important purpose of the site, Dickson said, is to combat myths, particularly the notion that circumcised men are entirely protected from HIV and need no longer use condoms during intercourse.
Visit the Web site at www.malecircumcision.org.
New York Times
03.03.2009; Donald G. McNeil Jr.
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