Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—In an effort to reduce new HIV infections among sexually active men, Population Services International Malawi (PSIM) has rolled out a voluntary male medical circumcision programme in Thyolo and Blantyre districts.
The programme intends to circumcise about 16,000 men in the two districts to slowdown the HIV infection rate, according to PSIM’s Chawawa Nkhoma.
Last year, government rolled out a similar programme with an initial plan to circumcise 80 percent of all sexually active men aged between 15 and 49.
“Voluntary medical male circumcision is an important strategy for HIV prevention, especially in areas with high HIV prevalence rate. We want to reduce new HIV infections as well as other sexually transmitted infections,” said Nkhoma during the launch Thursday.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013