I’ve been asked by my Board to start taking a closer look at how International Medical Group can help Uganda scale-up its delivery of safe male circumcisions (SMC).
I’ll write more about this over the weeks to come, but for now;
HIV/AIDs claims 2,000,000 lives each year, that’s 1 every 16 seconds. Every 12 seconds somebody becomes infected. We are losing this battle, HIV infection is growing by 1 person every 48 seconds; that’s more than 625,000 a year.
Various research have shown that circumcision can help to protect men against becoming infected, by as much as 60%.
So male circumcision (MC) seems like a good idea. It’s not a silver bullet, it is not fully protective and men should still use condoms and take care to know their own and their partner’s status.
There are news items discussing how political leaders are showing the way forward and coming forward for SMC. Whilst I applaud their active engagement, and that needs to be encouraged, I want to at the same time state that such circumcision for protection against HIV infection is only necessary if you are not able to either abstain “A” or be faithful “B” to a partner who’s status you know. I know that many will consider this an old-fashioned (or unrealistic) perspective but being faithful to a partner who’s status is known is still the best way of protecting one’s self.
SMC, is a very significant public health intervention and one that I am very pleased to be engaged in. I also think it has a terrific logo: