South Africa: Minister Encouraged by Public's Attitude Towards HIV Prevention
July 31, 2012
More South Africans are taking HIV tests, using condoms, and getting medical male circumcision to prevent HIV, according to new research. People are taking measures to reduce their behavioral risks as a result of information gleaned from public prevention campaigns in South Africa, according to the third National HIV Communication Survey, which was released during the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington.
"The other significant finding that makes me excited is medical male circumcision," said Motsoaledi. Over half of South African men are circumcised, and almost 1 million are considering getting circumcised in the next year. "Eighty-five percent of men who are circumcised know they must use condoms, which shows that fear was misplaced," he said of concerns that circumcised men might stop practicing safe sex.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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