Saturday, December 8, 2012

WASHINGTON: PEPFAR targets babies

November 30, 2012

PEPFAR now explicitly targetting infants

In its "PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation" the meaning of the word "Voluntary" seems to have been forgotten.

Action Step: Increase the number of males who are circumcised for the prevention of HIV....
10. Build the capacity of partner governments to begin planning for and financing an integrated, long-term early infant male circumcision (EIMC) program as the adult V[oluntary ]M[edical ]M[ale ]C[ircumcision] program is being scaled-up. PEPFAR’s financial support is prioritized to the adult VMMC program. However, once the adult program has progressed sufficiently, PEPFAR funds may be used to support EIMC activities. (p 23)

[There is no evidence that infant circumcision has any effect on HIV transmission]

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