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Adoption Of Male Circumcision Lauded

September 1st 2011, Nairobi – This June marked 30 years into the HIV/AIDS pandemic, worth celebrating is the availability of a collection of tools at our disposal to break the back of the epidemic, said Mitchell Warren of Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC).

“It is like scoring a hat trick in football, as this anniversary comes in the wake of great research in prevention tools and research development of vaccines,” noted Mr. Warren during an AVAC cocktail reception in Nairobi.

The AVAC director, hailed Kenya’s move on the swift roll out of male circumcision as a prevention tool for HIV infection.

“Kenya is a great example of a great success story as it moved from research to policy to implementation setting the pace for other nations in adoption of any proven HIV prevention tool.”

Male circumcision has been proven as a breakthrough prevention tool offering 60 percent protection against infection among heterosexual men.

“The embrace of male circumcision by elders in Nyanza and prime minister, Raila Odinga adding his voice to the campaign has influenced the acceptance of this practice among communities that traditionally do not practice it,” notes Simon Odiwuor of Nyanza Reproductive Health society (NRHS).

The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2007 included male circumcision as an additional intervention to reduce the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men.

The society is leading in the roll out of male circumcision in Nyanza, Teso and Turkana with plans underway to roll it out in Nairobi.

“The society is working on risk compensation strategies to try and ward of the notion that male circumcision offers full protection against infection and encourage safer sex practices,” remarked Mr.Odiwuor.

Better health structures will translate to improved access in the prevention as revolution era in the HIV/AIDS pandemic, noted Mr. Warren.

The second annual AVAC advocacy partner’s forum brought together over 60 partners from Eastern and Southern Africa. The forum dubbed advocacy for prevention revolution brought stakeholders involved in prevention research, advocacy collaborators and allies in Africa.

By Martha Wairimu

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