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SWAZILAND: Concern over "mixed messages" on circumcision

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JOHANNESBURG, 24 February (PLUSNEWS) - Male circumcision is increasingly popular in Swaziland after a South African study showed the practice may prevent HIV infection, Reuters reported.

Last year a first ever controlled study found circumcised men were around 60 percent less likely to contract the HI virus.

Although welcoming the research, Swazi experts warned that some men might see circumcision as a "permanent condom", and overlook years of safe sex education.

"I am worried about mixed messages being sent out," said Janet Khumalo, a counsellor at Family Life Association of Swaziland.

Khumal's fears were not unfounded, as the study also noted that circumcised men registered a slightly higher level of sexual behaviour immediately after the operation.



Recent SWAZILAND Reports
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Campaign to inform women of their legal rights underway,  27/Jan/06
More people but still too few testing for HIV,  20/Jan/06
"Sewage sociology" finds condom use rising,  5/Jan/06
HIV positive Swazis take govt to task over ARV supply,  6/Dec/05
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