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Botswana’s campaign to circumcise about 500,000 men by 2012 will prevent nearly 70,000 new HIV cases by 2025, according to a report published Thursday in the Journal of the International AIDS Society, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. The government’s national campaign aims to circumcise 460,000 men over the next five years, and the country has begun airing television and radio advertisements to encourage men to be circumcised at local clinics. “Scaling up safe male circumcision has the potential to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in Botswana significantly,” according to the study.
The report puts the estimated cost of the circumcision campaign at about $47 million. A UNAIDS report estimates that the HIV prevalence among pregnant women in Botswana was 43% in 2003, the year that antiretroviral drug access was introduced in the country
Botswana’s Ministry of Health is launching a project that aims to circumcise nearly 500,000 men over the next five years in an effort to prevent the spread of HIV, the AFP/Daily Telegraph reports. Janet Mwambona, a public health specialist who is leading the project, said that officials decided to launch the program following a series of studies that showed circumcision can reduce a man’s risk of HIV. “For the public health benefits of the preventive effect of circumcision to be realized, the Ministry of Health is supposed to cover 80% of eligible males in Botswana,” Mwambona said, adding that hospitals nationwide are scheduling and performing the procedure.
According to the AFP/Telegraph, about 50 health care providers, including 27 physicians, have been trained to perform surgical circumcisions. In addition, the campaign includes television and radio advertisements that encourage men to visit clinics to undergo a safe circumcision surgery (AFP/Daily Telegraph, 5/8).