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Image caption Men in several African countries have been encouraged to undergo circumcision to reduce their risk of getting HIV. A female MP in Tanzania has called for checks to determine whether or not her male colleagues have undergone circumcision - a procedure known to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Jackline Ngonyani said any MPs found not to have been circumcised should be required to undergo the procedure. Her suggestion divided opinion among her colleagues. HIV is seen as a major threat to public health in Tanzania. Around 70% of the male population is circumcised. The World Health Organization (WHO) says circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexual men contracting HIV by around 60%. Full story

8 February