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SOUTH AFRICA: Circumcision, fidelity touted against AIDS

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JOHANNESBURG, 24 April (PLUSNEWS) - Male circumcision and faithfulness should take precedence over condoms or abstinence in stemming HIV/AIDS in Africa, experts said in Johannesburg, South Africa last week.

According to Daniel Halperin, a US HIV prevention expert, condoms were rarely used by regular sex partners, while abstinence usually delayed HIV infection of young people by only a year or two.

"But persuading people to have just one sex partner at a time and men to be circumcised could help end a perfect storm of the disease in Southern Africa," Halperin told reporters during a gathering to analyse 20 years of AIDS studies from the continent.

Last year a first ever controlled study found male circumcision appeared to cut HIV transmission by 60 percent to 75 percent.



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· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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