VMMC lessons for PrEP rollout

Ten lessons learned during the scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) could help speed expanded access to oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, write the authors of an article published in the International Journal of STDs & AIDS. Noting that efforts to scale up VMMC and oral PrEP services face many of the same challenges, the authors outline lessons from VMMC programmes and explain how they could be applied to oral PrEP rollout. The challenges addressed in these lessons include local ownership, demand creation, safety surveillance, complex supply chains, sustainability, and leveraging programs as gateways for other services (Journal of STDs & AIDS, 16 August 2018).