Xinhua News Agency (11.18.11) - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Zimbabwe is 40,000 men closer to its goal of circumcising 1.2
million men by 2015, state media reported Friday.
Ministry of Health and Child Welfare representatives credit
the gain to two large-scale education campaigns it has
undertaken since the program was implemented in 2010. A third
campaign is slated to begin at the end of November.
Convincing data suggest that male circumcision cuts the risk
of female-to-male HIV transmission by about 60 percent.
National male circumcision coordinator Sinokuthemba Xaba urges
comprehensive HIV prevention tactics - including the use of
male and female condoms, abstinence, faithfulness, and HIV
testing - in addition to circumcision,.
"About 11,000 men were circumcised by December 2010 but over
20,000 have been circumcised this year alone," said Xaba. "The
major reason for the increase is the increase in awareness and
accessibility of male circumcision."
"Neonatal circumcision has not yet been introduced, but
preparations are underway," added Xaba. "The initial pilot
will not be prioritized in the short term due to limited
resources, but will have [a] long-term plan from 2015 and
beyond." Xaba also noted neonatal circumcision, like adult
male circumcision, would be free "to ensure that cost does not
become a limiting factor to access."