JUBA – South Sudan Human Appeal Association has launched voluntary male circumcision campaign in a bid to reduce the high of sexually transmitted infections in Juba.
The Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) project targets males between the ages of 15 to 49 as an effort to combat HIV.
The recent report released by Ministry of Health indicate that the HIV prevalence is higher in rural areas with 4.4 percent than in urban areas.
“Safe Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision reduces men’s risk of acquiring HIV through heterosexual intercourse by approximately 60 percent,” said the statement issued by Human Appeal Association on Friday.
It stressed the need for the Ministry of Health to redouble efforts on reaching adolescent boys and men.
“Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision is a surgical procedure that must be provided safely in order to minimize risks of clinical complications,” it added.
It said that surgery can be provided safely by health care workers in fixed or mobile settings that meet quality assurance.
It called for the U.S $ 7. 5 million to reach 1.5 million medical male circumcisions over the next five years as a core component of the Fast-Track approach.
“South Sudan requires 1.5 million circumcisions in five years in order to reach 80% coverage of the eligible population. Using this level of coverage over the next 15 years,” it said.
“The mathematical modeling suggests there is potential to avert up to 1.5 million new HIV infections and generate a potential cost savings of US $7.5 million,” it added.
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