Thursday, September 27, 2012

ZIMBABWE: Men aren't buying circumcision

September 26, 2012

U.S center for disease control revises circumcision strategy

By Jack Jiri
Harare(ZimEye)-The US U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Zimbabwe says they are going back to the drawing board and map ways of convincing Zimbabwean males to get circumcised.
The development comes after only 75 000 people have been circumcised since the initiation of the program in 2009 as a measure of eradicating HIV.

The programme intends to circumcise 1.2 million by the year 2015.

Health experts say circumcision reduces HIV contraction by 60% but insist that it is not an effective way of preventing the pandemic. [There's many a true word....]
“There is some research going on on the second generation of understanding what motivates people, what their barriers are in accessing circumcision services and we will use that to address their concerns,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Country Director Peter Kilmarx, told Zimeye on the sidelines of the ongoing HIV/AIDS prevention monitoring & evaluation techniques workshop in Harare.
[Kilmarx and the CDC assume they know what is best for Zimbabwean men, better than the men themselves - though the men know better, first-hand, what it is like to be intact and what they would lose by getting circumcised.]

AIDS levy which is the only domestic source of the country’s AIDS programs is also in doubt owing to controversies surrounding its management by the National AIDS Council which administer the fund.

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