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Submitted by Patricio V Marquez on
Thanks for your references. It should be noted, however, that on the basis of the first global study of real-world circumcision rollout conducted over 3-year period in South Africa amongst 110,000 adults that showed a 55 per cent reduction in HIV prevalence and a 76 per cent reduction in HIV incidence in circumcised men, the UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe concluded in 2011 that "scaling up voluntary medical male circumcision services rapidly to young men in high HIV prevalence settings will help reach the 2015 goal of reducing sexual transmission of HIV by 50 per cent. (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39099&Cr=HIV&Cr1=AIDS) (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/ias-lbe071911.php) The scaling up of voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention is now gaining further momentum. At the country level, for example, Swaziland's King Mswati III has urged the men of his country to get circumcised to help prevent the spread of HIV infection (AFP, 15 July 2011). Similarly, in South Africa, with strong support from President Zuma, a vast expansion of HIV testing and other HIV/AIDS services, including male circumcision for HIV prevention, has been underway since 2010--the effort to provide male circumcision to millions of men began in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, home to the Zulu ethnic group to which President Zuma belongs (The New York Times, 14 May 2010). At the international level, in her November 2011 remarks on "Creating an AIDS-Free Generation", US Secretary of State Clinton, also strongly advised countries and international agencies to "step up our use of combination prevention" that have been proven most effective – ending mother-to-child transmission, expanding voluntary medical male circumcision, and scaling up treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS. (http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/11/176810.htm) For additional information on topic, please see: Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention: http://www.malecircumcision.org/