Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention

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Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention

Conclusive research shows that medical male circumcision substantially reduces men's risk of acquiring HIV through vaginal sex, making it an important addition to HIV prevention strategies in eastern and southern Africa. Read more

News & Events

Some protection seen for women with circumcised partners
A study in South Africa found that women with circumcised partners are less likely to have HIV infection and no less likely to use condoms...Read more

Zimbabwe to train nurses
At least 8,000 nurses in Zimbabwe will be trained to perform male circumcision and determine when patients with HIV should initiate antiretroviral treatment…Read more

Ugandan army conducts medical outreach
Voluntary medical male circumcision and other HIV prevention measures are part of a public health drive marking National Army Week in Uganda…Read more

Uganda plans PrePex rollout
Implementation of a new male circumcision procedure that does not require conventional surgery and is considered bloodless will begin this month in Uganda…Read more

Clinic reaches older men
A nondescript clinic in an industrial area of Lesotho's capital offers workers easy access to discreet HIV prevention services, including voluntary medical male circumcision…Read more

Rwanda rolls out PrePex
Rwanda became the first country to begin nationwide use of a device for performing adult male circumcision…
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Creating a new norm
Ethiopia has one of the highest rates of male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa, but until recently men in one region have viewed the procedure with suspicion…Read more


Essential Reading

UNAIDS Global AIDS Report 2013

This report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS documents reductions in new HIV infections of 52 percent among children and 33 percent among adults and children combined since 2001. The report’s update on the progress of voluntary medical male circumcision (PDF, 68 KB) programmes in 16 countries shows that the cumulative number of men circumcised through 14 of these programmes doubled in 2012.


New to the Site

Updates to the site include:


Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Health Care Waste Management (HCWM) Toolkit (2013, PDF, 1.18 MB). This toolkit was developed to assist program implementers with the waste management challenges associated with VMMC programs; it contains guidance on the development of a waste management system to support VMMC programs, standard operating procedures on waste disposal and training tools for waste handlers and transporters.


Data and lessons learned on the scale up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention were presented at the 17th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) in Cape Town, South Africa, 7- 11 December 2013. Conference abstracts on VMMC are available.


Kenya VMMC case studyNew Kenya Case Study! Engaging Local Media in VMMC Scale-Up: A Case Study from Kenya (2013, PDF, 1 MB) In Kenya, ongoing, well informed media coverage of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) has helped create a supportive environment for scale-up. A case study documents how partners in Kenya coordinated their efforts to achieve this result, highlighting the lessons learned from 2008 to 2012, to assist other countries with effectively engaging the media in their VMMC scale-up efforts.


Guideline on the Use of Devices for Adult Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention offers an evidence-based recommendation from the World Health Organization on the use of WHO prequalified adult male circumcision devices in resource-limited settings with high HIV prevalence. It describes conditions for safe use of such devices, as well as issues for programmes to consider as they plan the introduction and use of these devices for HIV prevention.


SYMMACS, the Systematic Monitoring of the Male Circumcision Scale-up in Eastern and Southern Africa: Final Report of Results from Kenya , South Africa , Tanzania and Zimbabwe (2013, PDF, 1.65 MB). This is the first systematic assessment of quality of services, surgical efficiencies, provider performance, and related aspects of VMMC service delivery in four countries: Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

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