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Getting to Zero: Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in The Bahamas

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.263

INTRODUCTION


The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently released a policy statement in support of male circumcision (MC) for newborns in the United States of America [USA] (1). In order to gather information on MC in The Bahamas, our research team from The Bahamas and Canada will soon be launching a two-year study which will measure the prevalence of MC in adults. It will assess healthcare providers’ attitudes toward circumcision, and societal knowledge and attitudes about this practice. We believe that this may set the stage for further work on the reduction of the burden of HIV in The Bahamas and other countries in the region.
The Bahamas has seen important gains in the management of its HIV epidemic but the prevalence still remains high and is estimated to be 3% (2). Since 1994, AIDS has remained the leading cause of death in the 15–49-year age group in The Bahamas. The epidemic has been characterized as a heterosexual epidemic with a reported female to male ratio of 0.83:1 (2).

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