Circumcision for prevention against HIV: Marked seasonal variation in demand and potential public sector readiness in Soweto, South Africa

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The public sector delivery of male circumcision in the only public sector hospital in Soweto, South Africa was examined to gauge local capacity to deliver this procedure as an intervention for prevention of HIV acquisition. During the period from July 1998 to March 2006, approximately 360 procedures were performed per annum. Striking seasonal variations and the relatively few procedures performed may create challenges for program planning, if male circumcision is increased to a level required to have an impact on the incidence of HIV among this population.

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De Bruyn, G., Smith, M. D., Gray, G. E., McIntyre, J. A., Wesson, R., Passos, G. D., & Martinson, N. A. (2007). Circumcision for prevention against HIV: Marked seasonal variation in demand and potential public sector readiness in Soweto, South Africa. Implementation Science, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1748-5908-2-2

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