(Washington Times) Ambitious plans to curtail the spread of AIDS by promoting male circumcision have fallen far short of organizers’ hopes, particularly in Africa.

As activists prepare to mark World AIDS Day on Saturday, researchers are touting new technological methods to raise circumcision rates in grown men, but face growing scientific questions and popular resistance.

Global leaders in the fight against AIDS are pushing for an accelerated drive to meet the goal of circumcising 20 million African men by 2015.

But results so far are sobering: Only around 2 million African men have had the procedure, even though it is viewed as an “exceptional” HIV-prevention method. And there are strong voices who say the entire effort to promote circumcision in adult males is misguided.

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