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South African Province to Start Male Circumcision Program by Year's End

January 21, 2010

At a meeting of more than 100 traditional leaders and government officials in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, Premier Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday announced that the provincial government "will start a massive male circumcision programme before the end of this year to help prevent the spread of HIV," SAPA/ reports. According to the news service, "the programme would be conducted by health professionals and properly trained people to prevent deaths resulting from septic wounds." The article notes that the province will continue to promote other HIV prevention measures and addresses traditional leaders' attitudes about male circumcision (1/19).

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