2006: More Ugandan Men Seek Circumcision

by Medindia Content Team on  January 4, 2007 at 7:44 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
2006: More Ugandan Men Seek Circumcision
Reports that circumcision procedure could reduce 50% of the HIV infection rate among heterosexual men has led to an increase in the number of Ugandan men seeking it.

According to BBC reports, 2,500 Ugandan males were circumcised last year, , out of which nearly half were adults. In comparison, less than 400 adult males were circumcised in 2005.

National Institutes of Health found that new HIV infections among circumcised heterosexual men in Uganda and Kenya had dropped by roughly 50 percent, last year. Uganda's Health Ministry has formed a committee to appraise the findings in order to go ahead with a circumcision policy.

The increase could also be due to the switch over of some men to Islam, observers said; Ugandan cultural groups usually don't circumcise boys before they are accepted as men in the society.

However, some researchers say the HIV infection patterns appear to be alike in both circumcised and non-circumcised groups.

Uganda has proved to be a model in fighting HIV and AIDS infections, with reports of contagion rates falling from 15 % to 5 %.

Source: Medindia

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