Mass male circumcision in poor settings is feasible, AIDS conference hears

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 28 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4095
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. 1BMJ

    Programmes of mass circumcision of men could be scaled up rapidly in poor settings, delegates heard at the 19th international AIDS conference in Vienna last week.

    Scaling up male circumcision to 80% of adult men and male newborns in eastern and southern Africa by 2015 could avert more than four million new infections of HIV between 2009 and 2025 and could save $20bn (£13bn; €15bn) in that period, experts said.

    Krishna Jafa, director of HIV, tuberculosis, and reproductive health at the non-governmental organisation PSI (Population Services International), said, “With global resources spread thin, we must focus on expanding proven and cost effective methods, like male circumcision, to prevent HIV transmission.”

    Her comments echoed calls by Bill …

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