Uganda To Introduce Male Circumcision Program To Prevent Spread Of HIV
Uganda's Ministry of Health plans to introduce a no-cost, countrywide malecircumcision program in an effort to prevent the spread of HIV, Sam Zaramba,Uganda's director-general of health services, said recently, Uganda's NewVisionreports (Bainemigisha, New Vision, 12/10).
According to final data from two NIH-funded studies -- conducted in
According to Zaramba, health care leaders are consulting HIV/AIDS and servicedelivery stakeholders to determine "how best" to implement the program.Stakeholders on Sunday met in
Attendees at the meeting also discussed a planned survey that aims to establishhow prepared health facilities and the public are for the program. The survey-- which will be conducted in several districts, including Gulu, Kabale,
The program initially will be implemented in areas with low circumcision ratesand high HIV prevalence, participants said. The participants added that HIVtesting prior to circumcision should not be mandatory because it coulddiscourage some people from undergoing the procedure, the New Vision reports(New Vision, 12/10).
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