South African Medical Journal

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Addressing legal and policy barriers to male circumcision for adolescent boys in South Africa

A E Strode, J D Toohey, C M Slack


With millions of adolescents becoming infected with HIV globally, it is essential that barriers to much-needed interventions are reduced for at-risk adolescents. In this article we review the legal and policy framework in South Africa for adolescent access to male circumcision. We are of the view that the framework does confer protection for adolescent boys while enabling access to male circumcision; however, we identify ambiguities and tensions that exist between the Children’s Act, regulations and national guidelines. We recommend reform to further enable access by this vulnerable group to this prevention modality.
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