Apac Launches Mass Male Circumcision

The Apac local government administration has launched a mass male circumcision campaign to curb the rise in HIV prevalence in the district.

In 2007 the World Health Organization, UN AIDS and the Government of Uganda recommended the use of male circumcision as an effective intervention for HIV prevention. This came after the presentation of evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of sexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60%.

Francis Ateng, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer of Apac, says free circumcision will be available at health centers in Akokoro, Aduku and Nambieso, as well as Apac Hospital. He says the target is to circumcise 200 young men by the end of this year.

The HIV prevalence rate in Apac, according to information from the Uganda AIDS Commission, stands at eight percent. The high prevalence rate is blamed on the acute shortage of HIV awareness and prevention facilities prior to 2005.