8 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:55 AM
Malawians urged to adopt new measures of preventing HIV/AIDS
Malawians have been urged to adopt modern ways that can help to prevent the spread of HIV in the country.
This was disclosed during a press briefing organised by Malawi Network of Aids Service Organisation (Manaso) which is an organisation that coordinates all organisations that are fighting against the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.
According to Executive Director of Manaso Abigail Dzimadzi, old ways of preventing contracting HIV/AIDS such as the abstinence, being faithful and condomise method have proved not successful as far as preventing AIDS is concerned.
“How can you tell a prostitute to use ABC method since she relies on having sex with multiple partners to earn a living?” queried Dzimadzi.
She said that Malawians should adopt all ways that are in the HIV prevention toolbox to escape contaminating with the virus.
“Malawians should use abstinence, being faithful, condomise and other modern methods like male circumcision, post exposure taking of Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) drugs to prevent themselves from contacting the virus,” she said
On his part, researcher Tchangani Tembo said that people who have had unprotected sex should visit a nearby clinic to take ARVs within 72 hours to block the virus from entering into the body of the other partner.
“Statistics have revealed that a large number of people living in sub-Saharan Africa are HIV positive compared to the rest of the world. About 980,000 of Malawians are HIV positive whereby 540,000 are women, a number that is worrisome,” said Tembo.
He also claimed that Medical Male Circumcision is an important tool that can help to prevent the spread of HIV Aids.
Tembo said circumcision can prevent a man from contracting the HIV virus since the penis becomes hard and that avoids the virus from entering.
“The primary approach to medical male circumcision is a simple surgery and it differs from traditional circumcision which is performed as part of religious ritual or cultural rite of passage,” said Tembo.
According to Tembo, medical male circumcision reduces men’s risk of acquiring HIV from their female partners by roughly 75 percent.
Once a man is circumcised, the procedure cannot be reversed and the partial protection continues throughout his lifetime.
However, previous reports have shown that there is no conclusive evidence to support claims that male circumcision reduces HIV infection.
In our previous investigation, we also found that males who undergo circumcision are likely to get infection than their uncircumcised counterparts.