Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision: Training Video (2014) Produced by MCHIP/PEPFAR, these videos are intended for training purposes. They should be used to introduce service providers to VMMC (evidence, impact, and recommendations), outline the minimum package and client flow, provide communication strategies (including demand creation), train providers on the surgical procedure, and introduce modeling for impact and efficiency. The videos also highlight three country experiences in VMMC.
HIV Prevention in Swaziland: the role of the workplace (2013, 4:39 minutes)
Produced by the International Labour Organization, this video shows how workplace programmes are helping the government and its partners provide health information, reduce stigma, and link employees to HIV-prevention services, including voluntary medical male circumcision.
Factors affecting adult attendance at voluntary medical male circumcision services in Tanzania (2013, 4:12 minutes)
In 2009, the Government of Tanzania embarked on scaling up voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services for HIV prevention in 8 priority regions, with the aim of serving 2.8 million boys and men ages 10–34 years by 2013. By mid-2012, more than 110,000 boys and men in Iringa and Njombe regions had received VMMC. The majority (85%) of these VMMC clients were under 19 years old (average age, 16 years). This study aimed to identify potential barriers and facilitators to VMMC among older men.
A Call to Action for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Satellite — AIDS 2012 Conference
On 23 July, 2012 in Washington, D.C., the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO) , AVAC, and Champions for an HIV-Free Generation brought together African political and traditional leaders as well as key figures in the international HIV response at a satellite event at the 19th International AIDS Conference 2012. This unique group of leaders shared their views on the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.
Zimbabwe parliamentarians opt for male circumcision
On June 22, 2012, 35 parliamentarians got circumcised to set an example for their constituents and demonstrate their commitment to HIV prevention. Another 125 parliamentarians, together with their spouses, were tested and counselled for HIV on the day of the event. This short video (5:37 minutes) from PSI/Zimbabwe tells the story, with footage of the event and interviews with the parliamentarians
In It to Save Lives: Scaling Up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention for Maximum Public Health Impact
Produced by AIDSTAR-One, a PEPFAR-funded USAID project, this 16-minute film tells the story of how governments in Kenya and Swaziland have embraced voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention. A complementary video discussion guide, resource packet, and DVD download/request form are available here.
Male Circumcision: Saving Lives in Kenya
In this 15-minute documentary, Kenyans describe the role of safe and voluntary male circumcision in their efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infection. Government officials explain why their health services are offering the procedure as part of a comprehensive package of HIV prevention services. Men and their wives recount their own experiences and discuss why they chose male circumcision to help protect themselves from HIV.
"Snipped: Male Circumcision and the Prevention of AIDS in Africa" – a film by Jeremy Gans (2009)
Starting in the 1980s, scientists and epidemiologists studying the HIV pandemic began to notice a correlation between HIV prevalence rates and male circumcision rates. Regions of Africa with higher rates of male circumcision showed remarkably lower rates of HIV infection.
But this observation would remain a theory until it could be tested in a controlled trial. That day finally came in late 2006, when the last of three independent scientific trials concluded that circumcised men are 60 percent less likely to contract HIV than uncircumcised men.
SNIPPED takes viewers to Kisumu, Kenya – the site of one of the randomised controlled trials – to retrace the path that led researchers to this incredible discovery. Through interviews with key scientists, medical doctors, epidemiologists, health policy experts, and more, it becomes clear that Africa urgently needs a new intervention to curb the spread of the virus. But is circumcision the answer people are looking for?
The film also journeys to a health clinic in Mbabane, Swaziland to get an inside glimpse into how circumcision is being rolled out on the frontlines of the epidemic. But more questions surface: Is it possible that circumcision could undo two decades worth of education and abstinence, faithfulness, and condom-based interventions? Or is circumcision the perfect complement to the ABCs?
This six-minute film on male circumcision, shot in Malawi, features health professionals and clients stating the case for including male circumcision in HIV prevention programmes. It was released by Marie Stopes International on World AIDS Day, December 2009, as part of a year-long "Kindest Cut" campaign to encourage greater investment from international donors in programmes to provide male circumcision in Sub-Saharan African countries that have a high prevalence of HIV infection.
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Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in High HIV Prevalence Settings: What Can Mathematical Modelling Contribute to Informed Decision-making?
One HIV infection could be prevented for every five to 15 men circumcised in settings with high levels of HIV and low rates of male circumcision—at a cost of US $150 to $900 per HIV infection averted over 10 years—concluded an expert review of six simulation models that estimated the impact of male circumcision on HIV. In this video Dr. Catherine Hankins of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) discusses the findings of the review, which was conducted by experts convened by UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, and the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and published in PLoS Medicine. Dr. Hankins explains that these modelling results guided the development of the Male Circumcision Decision-makers’ Program Planning Tool.