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Making circumcision safer for young men with bleeding disorders

Haemophilia impairs the body’s ability to make blood clots causing excessive bleeding. Credit: Shutterstock


Circumcision is the oldest and most frequent surgical procedure in the world. In some cultures, it marks a clear break from childhood to adulthood. But, reports of young men dying during traditional initiation rites due to spontaneous bleeding are devastating. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya asked Dr Peter Kibet Shikuku for his views on a safe circumcision programme in Kenya for boys with haemophilia – a bleeding disorder.

How prevalent is haemophilia in Kenya?

Most patients with haemophilia are born with it, congenital, while others acquire it.


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