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The relationship between male circumcision and HIV/AIDS In Lesotho

Nthatisi Ramaema, Bureau of Statistics, Lesotho

There is a well known relationship between male circumcision and HIV/AIDS. Does this relationship apply in Lesotho? HIV/AIDS is a serious public health and socioeconomic problem in many countries around the world. The most affected countries are found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Male circumcision has been practiced for thousands of years and is a deeply important ceremony for several reasons hence the above report is important because there will be a compelling evidence as to whether male circumcision reduces the risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS.In order to come up with the results, the 2009 LDHS and HIV/AIDS secondary data were used, focusing on men datasets. Basic analysis shows that people who are circumcised are more likely to have HIV/AIDS. To conclude, male circumcision is not associated with HIV/AIDS prevention. The above relationship is complex in Lesotho so more research should be done to understand the relationship. .

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Presented in Poster Session 3