Botswana Plans to Circumcise Nearly Half a Million Men in AIDS Fight
May 8, 2009
On Thursday, Botswana's health ministry announced it has launched a five-year program to circumcise males as a way to prevent HIV. The country hopes to circumcise 460,000 men, since studies have found the procedure reduces the risk of female-to-male HIV transmission by up to 60 percent, said Janet Mwambona, the public health specialist in charge of the project. For the public health benefits of the preventive effect of circumcision to be realized, the Ministry of Health is supposed to cover 80 percent of eligible males in Botswana, she said. About 50 health care workers and doctors have been trained in the procedure, and the government is running a television and radio campaign about the availability of safe circumcisions.
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