Male Circumcision

It has been proven that male circumcision reduces the probability of transmission from HIV positive females to HIV negative males by 60%54. As a result WHO and UNAIDS recommend the inclusion of male circumcision in HIV prevention in high prevalence countries (WHO and UNAIDS, 2007). Swaziland will focus on young people aged 10-24 years as a priority target group, infants from birth to 8 weeks and adult males aged 25-49.  Swaziland has been at the forefront of MC and has successfully increased MC prevalence from 8% in 2007 to 19% in 2010.  Male circumcision has been included in the package of prevention interventions to reduce HIV infection in Swaziland, but has not yet been rolled out nationally. A policy on male circumcision was developed in November 2007, and an operational plan in 2008.

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