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29 August 2017

Wonder where SA’s medically circumcised men are? Now there’s a map for that

New technology is letting South Africa see its men in a new light – and could help keep them and their partners HIV negative.

Studies show that medical male circumcision (MMC) can reduce a man’s chances of contracting HIV through vaginal sex by about 60% — findings that prompted South Africa to commit to medically circumcising about 4.3-million men by 2016.

But only 2.4-million men had undergone the procedure by 2015, according to the latest national HIV plan.

A quarter of new HIV infections occur in young women in this age category, according to the  latest HIV household survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council in 2012.

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