Uganda: The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) is set to roll out safe male circumcision in Teso, eastern Uganda from next month.
Uganda’s safe male circumcision programme, which is part of the country’s strategy to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the Ugandan population, was officially launched early last year by the Ministry of Health.
Rose Nalubega, the manager TASO Soroti centre, says at least six surgeons will receive training before they beginto roll out safe male circumcision in the area.
Nalubega added that 41 males within the Teso region will be targeted every month for free circumcision. All male adults who have not yet received the service are now being encouraged to take part.
Health experts say safe male circumcision can reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 60% and does not lead to increased risk-taking behavior. However, a condom must also be used.