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Zimbabwe MPs to be circumcised for aids awareness campaign
May 21, 2012
More than 170
Zimbabwean MPs and parliamentary workers will be circumcised in
the coming weeks as part of a HIV-Aids campaign.
will also be tested for the disease and offered counselling if the
results come back positive, the Telegraph reported.
follows the launch of the Zimbabwe Parliamentarians against HIV
and Aids campaign last week aimed at bringing down the country's
15 per cent HIV infection rate.
All 150 male
members of the 175-strong group have all committed to being circumcised,
while its female members are encouraging their husbands and boyfriends
to undergo the procedure.
the group's chairman, said ZIPAH members will also disseminate HIV
and Aids information in their constituencies.
He said that
many MPs had been against the move because if they did not come
forward, it would be speculated that they were infected.
beyond worrying about speculation in Zimbabwe," Chebundo said.
all been living with this for so long now and it is time we MPs
showed the way," he added.
The idea of
a mass circumcision of MPs was first floated by the MDC Deputy Prime
Minister Thokozani Khupe, who cited evidence that circumcised men
are 60 per cent less likely to get infected with HIV.
a government campaign in 2010 to circumcise up to 80 per cent of
the country's young men - approximately three million people.
At the time,
many MPs were unconvinced, describing the idea as "madness"
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