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Zambia: HIV prevention campaign supports circumcision


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JOHANNESBURG, 1 May (PLUSNEWS) - Zambian authorities at the weekend acknowledged male circumcision as a preventative measure in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The decision was attributed to recent research indicating circumcision appeared to cut HIV transmission by 60 percent to 75 percent.

Speaking during the launch of a dedicated facility for the procedure, provincial health director for the southern tourist town of Livingstone, Gardener Siakantu, the aim was to explore anti-AIDS interventions other than condoms and abstinence.

"However, the onus is on everyone to ensure that all prevention measures are part of a comprehensive prevention package that includes behaviour change," he told the Zambia News and Information Services.


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Information in this article was accurate in May 1, 2006. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.