WWR: Male Circumcision, Magic Johnson, and HIV in India

By Jane Coaston | November 9, 2012

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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.