One problem in the country of Mozambique is the spread of HIV/AIDS. It appears that male circumcision is being laid out as a way to stop the fast spread of the disease. As a result, thousands of young males in the country are getting the procedure done in order to keep themselves healthier and safer than they would have been otherwise.
The government appears to be behind the initiative, and is encouraging its citizens to undergo the procedure for public safety reasons. According to the most recent data, 11.5 percent of all adults aged 15 to 49 have the disease. It is the US National Institutes of Health that has suggested that circumcision may help with the spread.
The goal of the country is to get 80% of all men between the ages of 18 and 49 to get the procedure. It appears that the public is listening, and people are getting on-board with the process. Let’s also hope that the country is getting access to the best treatments as well.
Experts say that Mozambique’s circumcision campaign has been well received among the public. They note that the strong participation rates are indicative of the way that more Mozambican men are being proactive about their own health and taking responsibility for their sexual behavior. Traditionally, in Mozambique as well as many other parts of the world where HIV is prevalent, it’s been common for men and boys to demonstrate their toughness and their masculinity by engaging in unsafe sex and steering clear of medical treatment, according to a 2007 WHO report.