WHO: Male Circumcision Critical To HIV Prevention
By AYODELE FAGOROLA
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has said that HIV could be prevented by male circumcision.
According to the United Nations health agency in a media note, a copy which was obtained by our correspondent, there is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60%.
The agency maintained that three randomized controlled trials had shown that male circumcision provided by well trained health professionals in properly equipped settings is safe.
WHO/UNAIDS recommendations emphasize that male circumcision should be considered an efficacious intervention for HIV prevention in countries and regions with heterosexual epidemics, high HIV and low male circumcision prevalence.
“Male circumcision provides only partial protection, and therefore should be only one element of a comprehensive HIV prevention package which includes: the provision of HIV testing and counseling services; treatment for sexually transmitted infections; the promotion of safer sex practices; the provision of male and female condoms and promotion of their correct and consistent use” the media note concluded.