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Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) will continue to be a highly cost-effective HIV prevention measure for at least the next five years, a modelling study published in The Lancet Global Health has found. The study used five mathematical models to assess VMMC’s... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) can reduce the risk of HIV acquisition among men who have sex with men who primarily practice insertive anal sex, a randomised controlled trial conducted in China has found. Previous trials had shown that being circumcised reduces men’s chances of acquiring HIV through vaginal sex, but the new... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention was highlighted in one satellite session and a dozen posters at the 12th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2023) in Brisbane, Australia, and virtually from 23 to 26 July 2023.

Speakers at a 24 July satellite presented research results and... more

Registration is open for a webinar, “VMMC Safety: Making a Safe Procedure Even Safer,” to be held Thursday, 27 April 2023, at 14:00 CET/SAST (15:00 EAT). Part of the World Health Organization TeleECHO™ series on voluntary medical male circumcision, the webinar will feature a case-based discussion on lessons from management of severe adverse events. To register, click... more

Male circumcision is protective against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in men and their female partners, a systematic review and meta-analysis has found. The review, which was published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection, included 32 studies published between 2002 and... more

An article published in PLoS One documents facilitators and barriers in transitioning leadership of a voluntary medical circumcision programme from the global north to a local organisation in the global south. The authors gleaned knowledge from interviews with 16 stakeholders... more

On its 20th anniversary, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is celebrating its success in providing lifesaving treatment to more than 20 million people worldwide and advancing voluntary medical male circumcision and other preventive measures, while preparing to tackle remaining challenges to end the HIV epidemic. The programme has greatly increased the percentage of... more

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported more than 8.4 million voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMCs) in eastern and southern Africa from 2017 to 2021, helping to strengthen the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR’s) mission to reduce the spread of HIV. A Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report... more

The number of men who received voluntary medical male circumcision services (VMMC) in Zimbabwe increased by about 80 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, The Chronicle reports. Data released by the National AIDS Council show that 151,037 men were circumcised in 2021, up from 82,060 in 2020. VMMC uptake had declined in 2020 and 2021 due to service disruptions caused by the COVID-19... more

It was his day off, but Henry Chimtengo, a clinical assistant at Malombe Health Centre in Malawi’s Mangochi District, had just performed four voluntary medical male circumcisions. “I couldn’t turn away the boys and the parents accompanying them,” he writes. “I live at the health centre and my door is always open. Besides, I’m glad my message has got across to the community — male circumcision... more

New HIV infections among South African adults declined by 47% from the beginning of 2010 to the beginning of 2019, a modelling study has found. The modelling results, which were published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, suggest... more

Registration is open for a 22 May webinar on approaches to sustaining voluntary medical... more

A World AIDS Day speech from Zimbabwe’s Vice President said the country has achieved several milestones and is on track to reach the 95-95-95 percent targets for HIV testing, treatment, and viral suppression by 2025, The Herald reports. Zimbabwe recently met the 2020 targets of 90% of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90% of those with an HIV diagnosis receiving treatment,... more

People living with HIV in communities with universal access to HIV testing and treatment were 10% more likely to be employed than those receiving care according to national guidelines, a randomised study in rural Kenya and Uganda has shown. They were also 10% less likely to seek health care and 13% less likely to spend money on health care, and their children were 7% more likely to complete... more

As the use of antiretroviral treatment and adoption of voluntary medical male circumcision increased, fewer adolescents were orphaned, a study in Uganda’s Rakai region found. The proportion of adolescents who had lost one or both parents fell from 52% in 2007, when VMMC was introduced, to 23% in 2018. During that time, ART use by people living with HIV rose from 0–30% to 78–93% and male... more