The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: 580,000 Receive Free Male Cut to Curb Aids

MORE than 583,000 have been circumcised as part of the voluntary medical male circumcision programme since its inception in 2008. The VMMC beneficiaries also received HIV prevention and counselling services in a drive organised by the National Aids/STI Control Programme. The programme, which started in 2008, targets is to have 600,000 voluntarily circum- cised by October.

"The response to the programme has been remarkable considering that it is concentrated in communi- ties that traditionally do not circumcise their men," said Dr. Athanasius Ochieng', VMMC national programme manager.

He said their goal is to give VMMC services to 860,000 males aged 15-49 in the first five years. This may see the first phase extended beyond 2013 to reach that goal .

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