Feb 14, 2011

Tanzania: Male Circumcision as a Tool for HIV Prevention

AUTHOR:PlusNews, IRIN NewsSOURCE:PlusNews, IRIN News

The World Health Organization recommends male circumcision as a tool to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Randomized trials in South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda have shown that circumcision can reduce a man’s risk of contracting HIV through heterosexual intercourse by as much as 60 percent. Although nearly 70 percent of Tanzanian men are circumcised, this prevalence rate varies by region. The Tanzanian government has launched a voluntary male circumcision program in hopes of reducing the HIV risk of males in areas of the country where circumcision rates are low. The campaign hopes to target 2.8 million men and boys between the ages of 10-34 in the next five years. LfM is excited to hear about this preventative initiative! Click here to read more.

Did you know?

The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in 7300 in developed regions.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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