Uganda: Doctors Want Compulsory Circumcision of Soldiers
August 17, 2009
A senior health official in Uganda recently suggested that prison and army personnel should be circumcised to prevent HIV infection. Police, corrections and army officials are among the "most at-risk" populations in Uganda, Dr. Stella Nema, an HIV/AIDS researcher, said during the launch of an HIV testing campaign at Luzira Prison in Kampala. Numerous studies have shown that, when performed properly, circumcision significantly reduces the likelihood of female-to-male HIV transmission.
Akol emphasized the importance of recruits knowing their HIV status. "If you know that you are positive, protect yourself and others by having protected sex," he said. "If you are negative, remain negative."
In addition, those diagnosed as HIV-infected can seek treatment, said Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, the commissioner-general of prisons.
New Vision (Kampala)
08.10.2009; Charles Ariko
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