Circumcision Should Not Be Used As HIV Prevention Method

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday at a Youth ActivistForum said circumcision should not be promoted as a way to prevent HIVtransmission because it could encourage recklessness among youth,Uganda's New Vision reports.

Atthe conference, which 500 youth delegates attended, Museveni said hewould continue to promote the ABC strategy for HIV prevention, whichstands for abstinence, be faithful and use condoms. He said that somenongovernmental organizations "have been saying rubbish aboutcircumcision, but I will continue encouraging the youth to abstain."Museveni added that he would rather youth use condoms "as a fall-backposition but not rely on circumcision." Museveni also encouraged youthto get married immediately after finishing their education.


Theforum was organized by the Global Forum for International Cooperationahead of the Commonwealth Youth Forum, which will take place inKampala, Uganda, later this month, the New Vision reports (Ahimbisibwe, New Vision, 11/8).

Mogae Comments

In related news, Botswana President Festus Mogae on Tuesday during atwo-day conference for journalists encouraged men in the country to becircumcised after receiving an HIV test, Botswana's Mmegireports. He added that the government is developing guidelines oncircumcision but cautioned that HIV transmission still is possibleafter undergoing the procedure. Mogae said he is "open-minded" aboutthe procedure, adding, "Let's try it."

Mogae calledon the journalists attending the conference to promote abstinence androutine HIV testing. He added that although HIV awareness has increasedand the country has been successful in providing HIV treatment, moreaction is necessary to eradicate the disease in the country (Chwaane, Mmegi, 11/8).

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