Duh!!!!! kweli duniani kuna mambo, lakini ndiyo uongozi huo!!!!!! Circumcision drive targets cabinet ministers http://www.newzimbabwe.com 28/08/2011 by Staff Reporter MALE Cabinet ministers are set to undergo circumcision as part of government efforts to promote the procedure which is said to help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. Studies suggest that male circumcision reduces the risk of men contracting HIV during heterosexual intercourse by about 60 percent but experts warn that this should not replace other more effective prevention methods. Zimbabwe launched a massive circumcision campaign in 2009 targeting at least 1.2 million men in a bid to stem the rise in new HIV infections across the country. Centres carrying out the procedure have reported brisk business with research indicating most men were keen to undergo the operation. Now there are plans to have top politicians including cabinet ministers, members of parliament and local councilors undergo the procedure. Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe said the move was in line with strategies the government was implementing to curb the spread of HIV/Aids. "Research has shown that circumcised men are eight times less likely to contract HIV (and as) leaders in Government, we should lead by example so that when we cascade to the grassroots they understand the importance and benefits of the exercise," Khupe told the Bulawayo-based Sunday News. "Our target is to have zero deaths emanating from HIV and Aids. We can only achieve that when the opinion leaders are setting the pace. People need to understand that HIV is there and no one should think that talking about male circumcision is taboo." Zimbabwe is one of the countries worst affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic with infection rates and numbers among the biggest in the world. However, infection rates have declined dramatically, almost halving from 29 percent of the population in 1997 to 16 percent in 2007. Researchers say locals have primarily been motivated to change their sexual behavior because of increased awareness about AIDS deaths which heightened fears of catching virus that causes it. "Very few other countries around the world have seen reductions in HIV infection, and of all African nations, Zimbabwe was thought least likely to see such a turnaround," Simon Gregson, of the Imperial College in England said in a recent report.