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Malawi : MBCA engages companies in medical circumcision.

In a bid to raise awareness on the overall benefits of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcission (VMMC) and clear misconceptions surrounding the campaign, the Malawi Business Coalition Against HIV and Aids (MBCA) recently organised a series of panel discussions on VMMC for its members and employees in the private sector.

The panel discussions were held in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

According to MBCA, circumcision does not prevent a person from contracting the virus that causes Aids but only reduces the risk of contracting HIV for males who have been circumcised by 60 percent.

Speaking on the sidelines of the panel discussions, MBCA's Communications and Advocacy Coordinator Lyness Soko explained that a lot of people have heard about VMMC in relation to HIV and Aids, however, a lot of misconceptions still remain.

"The panel discussion topic was chosen in order to disseminate information on circumcision in relation to HIV, as well as address misconceptions such as that circumcision prevents a person from contracting HIV. Research has shown that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV by 60 percent but it has to work in line with other prevention measures such as abstinence, being faithful and using condoms," said Soko

One of the companies where the panel discussions took place is Auction Holdings Limited and the company's HIV and Aids Coordinator, Alfred Mlenga, commended MBCA for carrying out the panel discussion on such an important issue as well as for ensuring that the private sector is well informed on all important issues regarding HIV and AIDS.

"These panel discussions will help members of the private sector to make informed decisions on whether or not to undergo VMMC. I am grateful to the MBCA for choosing Auction Holdings Limited as one of the places to hold this panel discussion; this has been very helpful in sensitizing our staff members."

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Date:Oct 31, 2013
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