Ugandan effort to constrain HIV spread hampered by systemic and cultural obstacles to male circumcision

Kagumire, Rosebell
November 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/18/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 11, p1119
Academic Journal
The article reports that efforts in Uganda to prevent the spread of HIV infection is being hampered by systemic and cultural barriers to male circumcision. The government plans to introduce male circumcision as an HIV strategy. However, Uganda's circumcision rate among men between 14-49 years old remains one of the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa at around 25%. Another obstacle is a shortage of medical personnel. There are also concerns that a circumcision program could result in complacency and weaken older prevention approaches.


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