Medical male circumcision gains popularity

Communities in some parts of Zambia have long practiced traditional circumcision as a rite of passage for young men, but interest in male circumcision performed by medical practitioners is growing, Xinhua News reports. The article, based on interviews conducted with men in Lusaka and Central Province, quotes several satisfied clients on their positive experiences with the procedure. A community health worker who was also interviewed attributed the increasing interest in medical male circumcision to its benefits but also cautioned that the procedure does not offer total protection against HIV and should not be considered a license to engage in risky behaviour (Xinhua, 31 January 2021).