Israelis help curb spread of AIDS with circumcision

Thursday, August 07, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli-trained doctors in the tiny African nation of Swaziland have circumcised over 800 local men this year in an effort to stem the spread of AIDS in the country.

Representatives from the Family Life Associated in Swaziland (FLAS) told The Jerusalem Post that the procedure has been well received, and is indeed helping to decrease the spread of infection.

Swaziland has the highest rate of AIDS infection of any country in the world, with over 26 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 49 testing positive for the disease.

FLAS contacted the Jerusalem AIDS Project late last year to seek assistance in curbing the epidemic. A team of 10 Israeli doctors immediately traveled to the country and instructed local physicians on how to properly perform adult circumcisions to best reduce chances of infection.

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