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Will Zimbabwe MPs get circumcised?

To get circumcised or not? That is the question facing male cabinet ministers and legislators in Zimbabwe after a proposal by the Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe.

She has suggested they are circumcised in order to encourage youths between the ages of 15 and 29 to follow suit and reduce HIV levels in the country.

Control trials in the region have revealed that male circumcision significantly reduces female-to-male transmission of HIV by up to 60%.

But the suggestion has hit a raw nerve. BBC's Brian Hungwe spoke to parliamentarians to find out why. He started by asking Co-Minister of National Healing, Moses Mzila Ndlovu of the MDC, what he felt about the call for the men to be circumcised.

  • 01 Sep 2011
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