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Feb032011

Rwanda Plans Vasectomy Drive to Control Population

File Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KIGALI, Rwanda) - In a move to control the country's population and help prevent the spread of HIV, the government of Rwanda plans to hold a vasectomy drive to encourage men to undergo the procedure, reports the BBC.

Although the government fears the campaign could be met with resistance, the country's health minister hopes 700,000 men will get a vasectomy in the next three years.

The move comes as the country's growing population, now at 10.2 million, threatens further damage to living standards. However, the government has been recommending vasectomies since 2008 as a way to help stem the spread of heterosexual HIV infection.

In addition to the vasectomy option, the government says it will also try to educate men about the importance of birth control.

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