Can male circumcision reduce HIV and AIDS?
What is VSO’s position on male circumcision? Does the organisation advocate for males to be circumcised as an approach towards reducing HIV and AIDS? When and how should the procedure be carried out?
You can get answers to the above and many other questions from our newly published paper ‘VSO’s position on Male Circumcision.’ And that is not all, through concerted efforts of our health and HIV and AIDS programme managers and committees, we have now published two other papers ‘VSO’s position on Criminalization of HIV and AIDS’ and ‘ VSO’s position on Community and Home Based Care.’ In addition to ‘VSO’s position on Gender in HIV and AIDS Programming,’ that was released earlier on in the year, we have now published four papers on HIV this year.
Should a person living with HIV who doesn’t disclose his/her status and goes ahead to have unprotected sex with a person who is not infected be ‘brought to justice’? Our position on criminalisation of HIV transmission provides answers to this and many other questions.
The four papers consolidate some of our key learnings on some of the difficult and controversial issues in HIV and AIDS, a theme the organisation has been intervening on for the past decade. Since the biannual International AIDS Conference on 22–27 July is around the corner, our staff and partners will widely distribute these papers. They’ll also be attending the conference to learn, advocate and share their experience of our HIV and AIDS programmes.
I hope that our offices and volunteers will find them a useful tool both for advising partners as well as influencing policies at different levels. I also hope that you will find the papers interesting and help VSO to reduce infection rates and improve the lives of those living with HIV and AIDS.