September 16, 2010
No Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Malawi
Malawi will not promote male circumcision for HIV prevention, The New York Times reports. “We have no scientific evidence that circumcision is a sure way of slowing down the spread of AIDS,” said Mary Shaba, a top HIV/AIDS official in Malawi. In 2009, U.N. studies found that widespread male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa could prevent 5.7 million new HIV cases and 3 million related deaths over 20 years. An estimated 930,000 people, or 12 percent of the Malawi population, are HIV positive.
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