Religious Influence

Educating Tanzanian church leaders about male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy boosted the number of men who chose to undergo the procedure, reports a new Lancet study.
 
Male circumcision is widely used to prevent HIV, but programs promoting it in sub-Saharan Africa have failed to meet their target numbers for circumcisions. One reason: Many Christian Africans see circumcision as an Islamic practice.
 
In 8 Tanzanian villages where researchers taught Christian church leaders about the scientific, religious and cultural aspects of male circumcision, more than 1/2 of men chose to be circumcised. By contrast, less than 1/3 of men in 8 control villages did so, according to the researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, St. Paul College of Tanzania and other institutions.

Source: The Lancet

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