Monday, July 20, 2009
South African Government Fails To Support Circumcision To Help in HIV/AIDS Prevention
NY Times: South Africa Is Seen to Lag in H.I.V. Fight, by Celia W. Dugger:
ORANGE FARM, South Africa — ...Circumcision has been proven to reduce a man’s risk of contracting H.I.V. by more than half. Yet two years after the World Health Organization recommended the surgery, the government here still does not provide it to help fight the disease or educate the public about its benefits.
Some other African nations are championing the procedure and bringing it to thousands. But in South Africa, the powerhouse country at the heart of the epidemic, the government has been notably silent, despite the withering international criticism the country has endured for its previous foot-dragging in fighting and treating AIDS.