Burundian govt. promotes male circumcision to fight AIDS

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A national awareness campaign to promote male circumcision to more effectively fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS is being implemented in Burundi, where the pandemic is said to affect at least three per cent of about 8.1 million citizens, PANA learnt from the Minister of Public Health, Ms. Sabine Ntakarutimana.

Based on "studies" that have shown that circumcised men had less risks of contamination than those who are not, Ntakarutimana called other institutions, such as the National Parliament, religious groups or public authorities to join the government's efforts in raising awareness to this alternative method to stamp out AIDS, which is already generating excitement and hope around the world.

The minister said she was mainly "encouraged" by neighbouring Rwanda, which has successfully tested the new method of fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The experiment is also encouraged by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS which argued that circumcision can reduce the risk of HIV infection by 55 to 60 per cent.
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14 april 2011 14:02:48




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