WWR: Male Circumcision, Magic Johnson, and HIV in India
This week, we're learning more about the challenges facing efforts to encourage voluntary male circumcision in Uganda, thinking about Magic Johnson's legacy, and reading about a possible new evolution of the HIV virus in India.
The Guardian (UK) – "Uganda sees mixed progress in male circumcision campaign to combat Aids" Nearly 400,000 men have been circumcised in Uganda as part of government-run HIV-prevention efforts, but some are concerned that the government will miss its target of circumcising 1 million men per year over the next three years without a massive expansion and acceleration of the current program.
ABC News – "Magic Johnson's HIV Announcement Resonates 21 Years Later" It's been 21 years since friend of the Foundation and NBA legend Magic Johnson told the world that he was HIV-positive. Today, he's become an incredibly successful businessman and a prominent leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He and Foundation Ambassador Hydeia Broadbent are interviewed in this article.
Daily News & Analysis (India) – "Is India sitting on an HIV/AIDS time bomb?" Scientists are growing increasingly concerned about the chances that HIV might evolve and be less responsive to current treatments. In India, researchers at the HIV-AIDS laboratory at the Bangalore-based Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research have found that HIV has changed and five new strains of HIV-1 have emerged.
Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.