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Circumcision programme to prevent AIDS in Africa is starting to slow down

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3170 (Published 08 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3170
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Six million men have had medical circumcisions to prevent the transmission of HIV in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, but the programme is beginning to slow down, according to a collection of papers published in PLOS One and PLOS Medicine.1

The papers look at the success and challenges of the programme and find that while 5.8 million to 6 million medical circumcisions had been done between 2008 and the end of 2013, progress in countries varies widely and the year on year rate of growth in the number of procedures performed is beginning to decline. The number of procedures increased by 109% compared with the previous year in 2011, by 93% in …

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