Ambitious plans to curtail the spread of AIDS by promoting male circumcision have fallen far short of organizers’ hopes, particularly in Africa. As activists prepare to mark World AIDS Day on Saturday, researchers are touting new technological methods to raise circumcision rates in grown men, but face growing scientific questions and popular resistance.
It’s a lofty, but vital goal. Africa wants to circumcise 20 million men by 2015 to help curb the AIDS epidemic plaguing the continent. Studies show that the procedure is one of the most effective “vaccines” against HIV, reducing the risk of infection in men by at least 60%, the New York Times …
It is done with topical anesthetic cream, and there is usually no bleeding. And PrePex can be put in place and removed by nurses with about three days’ training. The rings come in five sizes, A through E, Ms. Fuerst said, “and you won’t believe how high-tech the rubber band is.”
Now that studies have shown that circumcising adult heterosexual men is one of the most effective vaccines against AIDS – reducing the chances of infection by 60 percent or more – public health experts are searching for ways to make the process faster, cheaper and safer for African men.
Bill Gates brought a different message to campus than many visiting CEOs and speakers during a presentation to a packed Cubberley Auditorium Wednesday afternoon. The private sector can’t do it all, the Microsoft founder said, emphasizing the importance of foreign aid and philanthropy to tackle the most pressing global challenges.
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Circumcision can reduce HIV risk in men by up to 60%. In 2009, there were 22.5 million cases of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are, in other words, a lot of people in Africa who could benefit from circumcision.
Delegates at the 19th International Aids conference in Washington, DC, in the United States this week were convinced the world was on the cusp of a major advance against HIV and that a medical device, known as the PrePex, could help 14 African countries, including South Africa, to speed up male circumcision to achieve a goal of circumcising 80% of men between the ages of 15 and 49 by 2015.
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This will be a busy year for Rwanda’s health centres as the country attempts to reach its goal of medically circumcising 50 percent of men by June 2013 as part of HIV prevention efforts.