May 31, 2012
AVAC team member Angelo Kaggwa is now partnering with other African advocates and AVAC partners, including Simon K’Ondiek at the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society in Kenya and Richard Hasunira at HEPS-Uganda, to lead an initiative called Africans telling the truth about voluntary medical male circumcision. These advocates urge for a speedy and accelerated scale-up of VMMC and other proven HIV prevention interventions across Africa to begin to end the AIDS epidemic. The campaign webpage will be a space for African men, women and allies to voice their support for VMMC, ask questions and voice their concerns.
Angelo himself underwent voluntary medical male circumcision almost a year ago and published an essay about his experience in the April 15 edition of Uganda’s Sunday Vision. The essay, Circumcision: My Experience, discusses Angelo’s decision to get circumcised, details every part of the procedure and healing process and talks about his enthusiasm to see other “busy” young African men get circumcised to reduce their risk of HIV infection.