Male circumcision helps Africa fight AIDS

| 01/12/2009

(GlobalPost): Even though everyone on Mfangano Island, Kenya, seems to have memorized the catchphrases of AIDS prevention — “Abstinence, Be faithful, use Condoms” — those messages haven’t had much impact. About 21% of people on this island are infected with HIV, three times the national rate of 7%. Now NGO-workers are offering fishermen like Gabari a new prevention tool: circumcision. The link between circumcision and reduced HIV susceptibility has been suspected since the mid-1980s, when AIDS researchers observed that circumcised Kenyan men who engaged with prostitutes were less likely to get infected.

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