Circumcision as prevention: two editorials

In recent years, research conducted in Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa seems to have demonstrated that male circumcision reduces the risk of HIV transmission by at least half.  Here are two articles that deal with some of the practical implications and challenges raised by these results.

In The Nation, a Kenyan paper, Emojong Omukule argues that health workers must be careful to emphasize that circumcision is only part of a complete prevention strategy.  (This article summarizes the physiological underpinings of male circumcision-as-risk-reduction.)

Meanwhile, in an older post over at Politics and Policy of HIV/AIDS (a blog run by a bunch of grad students and post-grads from Harvard), Joshua Busby discusses the need for stepped-up availability of circumcision to meet high levels of demand.


~ by h.e.g. on June 30, 2008.

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