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HIV/AIDS

02 September 2008

Bad circumcisions rates shocking

African health workers need more training and better tools to circumcise men and boys safely for HIV prevention, according to a WHO study showing shocking rates of complications.

African health workers need more training and better tools to circumcise men and boys safely for HIV prevention, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study chronicling "shocking" rates of complications.

The findings, published in the WHO Bulletin, raised questions about whether the availability of male circumcision should be extended quickly as part of a strategy to fight HIV backed by the WHO and its sister UN agency UNAIDS.

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"Extensive training and resources will be necessary to build the capacity of health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa before safe circumcision services can be aggressively promoted for HIV prevention," the authors wrote.


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