Circumcision programme records low HIV rate

More than 99% of a group of more than 17 000 men circumcised in KwaZulu-Natal had tested negative for HIV, the provincial health department said today.

“We have circumcised 17 690 men and we are pleased to report that 99.5% tested negative for HIV,” the department’s Dr Sbongile Zungu said.

Zungu was speaking during a workshop on the province’s circumcision programme, attended by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and other traditional leaders.

The KwaZulu-Natal government started a massive circumcision programme earlier this year, following a call by King Zwelithini for a revival of traditional male circumcision to help reduce HIV infections.

The circumcisions are performed at health and education institutions throughout the province.

The workshop was also attended by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize.

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