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Get circumcised to reduce risk of HIV infection, men told

[Likoni Sub-county Health department Officer in charge Dr. Ahmed Adam. Photo/ Davis Mbunga]

Men in Likoni Sub-county, Mombasa have been urged to embrace circumcision in a bid to reduce the risk of contracting HIV.

Male circumcision is termed as the best way to maintain cleanliness in men across the globe.

Likoni Sub-county health department Officer in charge Doctor Ahmed Adam said the department has in the recent past organised male circumcision camps though the need is on the rise.

While addressing locals during a free medical camp organised by the department at Likoni primary school on Saturday, Doctor Adam urged men to get circumcised in a bid to reduce HIV prevalence in the area.

He said though the previous circumcision camps targeted children from 10 years and below many were above the age.

He said the Saturday’s camp where circumcision was one of the focus they only targeted 50 children, however they were overwhelmed.

“We targeted smaller figure because we had a similar activity in November last year, to our surprise we could not manage the number of boys brought for the ‘cut’,” revealed Doctor Adam.

According to the world Health Organisation-WHO, male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexual acquired HIV up to 60 %.

“As men, we should not feel ashamed of being circumcised it makes as clean as well as reduces the risk of HIV infections,” he reiterated.

Doctor Adam assured parents that the health department is working closely with other stake holders including the anti-drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust, Base titanium, Bomu hospital, Kenya Red Cross Society among other players in the health department to organise another free medical camp that will zero in to male circumcision.

During the Saturday free medical camp, locals received HIV testing services, gender based violence awareness, early pregnancy awareness and education, embracing protected sex among other health services.