Kenya releases HIV progress report

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is part of a national strategy to reduce the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in Kenya by 75 percent in 2019, Xinhua reports. A new report from the National AIDS Control Council describes how Kenya will use a combination of interventions, including antiretroviral treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and VMMC, to achieve that goal. The government also aims to increase domestic financing to cover 50 percent of the cost of the national response to HIV. Kenya’s VMMC programme surpassed its goal in 2017, when 239,001 men and boys opted to get circumcised (Xinhua, 24 November 2018).