The University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society (UR-SSS) has organized a HIV prevention week-long program through which medical male circumcision (VMMC) will be carried out in partnership with Rwanda biomedical center (RBC), Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH), AIDS HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION (AHF), JHPIEGO, PIH and Masaka district hospital.
The program started on 13th May 2017 with the aim of preventing HIV/AIDS through voluntary circumcision in Gasabo district of Kigali city, Rusororo sector, Kabuga I cell.
Hakizimana Etienne in charge of HIV/AIDS prevention in AHF said; "Community awareness on HIV /AIDS prevention and voluntary testing and counseling are our primary responsibility. This awareness campaign will win circumcision volunteers and break myths concerning the procedures. Volunteers will choose to undergo either non surgical circumcision (PREPEX) or surgical circumcision ".
Sister Catherine Titulaire of Kabuga health center said that "Prevention is better than cure, surprisingly HIV is not treatable has no vaccine, so the event will maximize control measures. "
Berabose Charles, the director of outreach, events and mentorship in UR-SSS and the coordinator of this event said that "mobilization week started on 13th May to 21st May 2017 with 1st anti tetanus vaccine administration, and the second vaccine is scheduled on 21st, 22nd June 2017.
The circumcision will take place on 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 10th of July 2017 at Kabuga health center. In addition to HIV/AIDS prevention of 60% in case of negative male to positive female, circumcision reduces penile cancer, for male and cervical cancer to females as the foreskin of the penis which serves as the medium for human papilloma virus (HPV), responsible for both penile and cervical cancer is removed ".