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More than 10 million men have been circumcised since 2008 through voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programmes for HIV prevention in eastern and southern Africa, The Herald reports. This milestone was announced by Dr. Magda Robalo, the World Health Organization’s regional director for communicable diseases, in a speech at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in... more

Preliminary results of a modeling study suggest that Kenya’s success in circumcising 793,000 men and boys from 2008 to 2013 has averted almost 8,000 HIV infections so far and will have an even greater impact over time, researchers reported in the abstract of a presentation given at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2015). By 2050, the number of HIV infections... more

More than 7,000 men chose to become circumcised during a six-week campaign in Zambia’s Ndola District, the Times of Zambia reports. Just over half of the 7,401 clients circumcised from 1 August to 16 September were boys ages 10 to 14, and 3,676 were 15 and older. More than 7,000 men also opted to get tested for HIV during the campaign. In 2014, a total of 21,929 men and boys were... more

More than 127,000 HIV-negative men were circumcised in Zimbabwe during the first eight months of the year, the New Zimbabwe reports. Ministry of Health officials said that more than 500,000 men have received voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services since 2009, which means that the program is almost at the halfway mark toward reaching 1.3 million men by 2017. The ministry’s... more

Women have not been involved in traditional male circumcision in South Africa, but that is beginning to change as gender politics and a high number of single-mother households push the traditional boundaries of initiation ceremonies, researchers from the University of Witswatersrand write in an article in The Conversation. Focus group discussions among men and women and interviews... more

An increase in the number of non-Muslim men who are circumcised has led to substantial reductions in new HIV infections among men in Rakai, Uganda, a study has found. Presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections on 27 February, the study was conducted to... more

Soccer players and a nongovernmental organisation have teamed up to promote voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) among young men in Zimbabwe, Medpage Today reports. In a randomised controlled trial, more than 12 percent of male secondary school students exposed to the “Make the Cut” intervention became circumcised, compared to 4.6 percent of those attending the schools in the... more

Compensation can improve the uptake of key HIV prevention services in sub-Saharan Africa, results from two randomised studies show. Aidsmap reports that one of the studies, conducted in Kenya among 900 uncircumcised men ages 21 to 39, compared the effects of offering a food voucher worth $US 12.50, entry in a lottery to win prizes of greater worth, or a food voucher worth $0.060 (the... more

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health is conducting camps to provide voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in 11 health districts in South Africa through the end of July, RDM Newswire reports. Catering, accommodations, HIV counselling and testing, and VMMC services are provided free of charge over three days. The province’s top health official appealed to adult men who... more

Studies are under way to determine why HIV prevention methods such as voluntary medical male circumcision and prophylactic drug treatment have not been adopted as widely as they could have been, an article in the journal Nature reports. These implementation science studies aim to bridge the gap between efficacy in clinical trials and impact on the epidemic in “real-world” settings.... more

A drop in the price of the PrePex device for priority countries in Africa from $US 20 to $US 12 and the World Health Organization’s prequalification of a second device for performing voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) are promising developments, an AVAC... more

A new male circumcision device that does away with sutures, involves minimal bleeding and is disposable has been prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO), The Times of India reports. Known as the ShangRing, it is the first such device to be prequalified by WHO for circumcision of adolescent boys ages 13 to 17 years as well as adult men. WHO has indicated that the device... more

In Namibia, the government’s hopes of having at least 80 percent of eligible men circumcised by the end of next year are dwindling, the Namibian Sun reports. Since voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services were launched in 2009, only 16,341 men (5 percent) have been circumcised. The country’s health minister noted that a rapid scale up of the VMMC programme is... more

The Rwandan Ministry of Health has decided to use the PrePex device for all voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMCs) among men ages 18 and older except those who are medically ineligible. A commentary published in BMC Medicine reports that this decision is a key element of Rwanda’s VMMC strategy. The article describes how Rwanda is addressing the challenge of reaching 700,000 men with VMMC... more

The operational plan for Zimbabwe’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for 2014-18 was launched in Mashonaland East on 29 January 2015. This video documents the launch event, provides background on the country’s experience to date, and describes the plan... more