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Assessing HIV Risk to Create Demand for Male Circumcision

Joseph Kagaayi of the Rakai Health Sciences Program in Uganda will test whether giving a personalized HIV risk index to Ugandan males will encourage them to undergo safe male circumcision to prevent HIV infection. The multi-item risk index for HIV was developed from the general population of Rakai in Uganda, and will be straightforward for HIV counselors and clinicians to use. He will incorporate the index into a randomized controlled trial involving men aged 15-49 years who are undergoing HIV testing, and evaluate its effect on circumcision rates after 6 months.

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