|Circumcised men not spared from HIV infection|
|Saturday, 07 July 2012 21:51|
According to the latest Zimbabwe Health Demographic Survey (ZHDS 2010/2011), the prevalence rate among the circumcised is 14 percent while that of the uncircumcised is 12 percent.
However, the country’s overall prevalence rate for the same age group declined to 15 from 18 percent, according to the same survey.
Most men, after circumcision, harbour the false impression that they have been equipped with an invisible condom, he added.
“Most people forget that being circumcised will only safeguard a person from contracting HIV up to a certain percentage and they are still at a 40 percent risk of contracting the virus.
“What we encourage everyone, circumcised or uncircumcised, is to practise safe sex all the time.”
The World Health Organisation recommends circumcision for HIV prevention in “generalised epidemic settings” where prevalence of the virus is high and male circumcision is low.
Zimbabwe embraced the recommendation and anticipates that it will prevent 42 percent of all new infections between 2015 and 2025 if 80 percent of males in the country are circumcised. The country also hopes to reduce HIV prevalence to about 7 percent, in addition to other benefits.
Experts claim the procedure can reduce HIV infection risk, in part because of physiological differences that decrease the susceptibility to infection among circumcised men.