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Miguna: Male circumcision does not reduce HIV infections rate

Lawyer Miguna Miguna has disputed the report that male circumcision reduces the rate of HIV/AIDS infection.

Miguna says there is no scientific research which has satisfactorily proven the notion, adding that having unprotected sex is the main cause of HIV infections.

He went ahead to compare the rate of HIV infection in countries where male circumcision is compulsory like South Africa and those where circumcision is not compulsory.

The lawyer further called on Africans to stop propagating ‘the myth’, arguing that some circumcised men will take it literally and have unprotected sex which will increase the number of HIV patients.

Miguna’s sentiments seem to contradict a report by the World Health Organization which states that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by 60 percent.

The United Nations even recommended that male circumcision be used as an intervention for HIV/AIDS prevention.

A research carried out by Kenya Medical Research Institute, KEMRI in 2018 indicated that approximately 1,493,382 Kenyans are living with HIV.

Nyanza region dominated the rate of new infections in adults. Homa Bay, Siaya, Kisumu and Migori made it to the list that was topped by Nairobi County.

This even as a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation ranks Kenya has the country with the highest number of HIV prevalence in East Africa with the figure standing at 5.6 percent.

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