This originally appeared on Zeke Emanuel’s Africa Diaries. This is Part Six.
Dr. Emanuel, from the White House Office of Management and Budget, blogged extensively during a recent two-week trip through Africa. In this installment he discusses the potential for using male circumcision to prevent HIV transmission.
Three separate randomized trials have shown that male circumcision is among the most effective interventions against HIV/AIDS, reducing transmission by about 60 percent. This is a huge impact. As one AIDS researcher has said to me, if we had a vaccine that effective, we would be sparing no effort to distribute and administer it. But widespread deployment of male circumcision has not yet occurred.
He goes on to address issues of manpower, facilities, cost, and cultural barriers. Learn more and read the complete post at The New Republic.