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A two-page fact sheet developed by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative summarises the evidence on the impact of health communication on knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to voluntary medical male circumcision. It includes examples from Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and... more

An extensive review of proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) has found that male circumcision for HIV prevention is among the most cost-effective health interventions, writes the founder of the Copenhagen Consensus Center in a commentary. The center asked 60... more

The Department of Health (DOH) of South Africa’s Western Cape Province and a managed care firm have joined forces to expand access to voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), Independent Online reports. Metropolitan Health Risk Management will cover the cost of VMMC... more

An infographic depicts evidence from three countries that community-based voluntary medical male circumcision campaigns combined with mass media promotion can change attitudes toward VMMC.

Offering men incentives in the form of food vouchers modestly increased the likelihood that they would become circumcised within a few months, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the AIDS 2014 conference. About 1,500 uncircumcised men in Kenya were randomly assigned to be offered vouchers worth... more

The World Health Organization reported a dramatic increase in the number of African men choosing to be circumcised, the Swazi Observer reports. About 5.8 million men have become circumcised in 14 eastern and southern African countries since 2008, and nearly half of those procedures were conducted in 2013. Attaining and then maintaining 80 percent coverage of male circumcision in the... more

Young women (ages 15 to 29) in a South African community who had sex only with circumcised men had a 20 percent lower rate of new HIV infections compared to women who had some or only circumcised partners, the International AIDS Society reports. Among women ages 15 to 49, the HIV incidence was almost 17 percent lower among those who had sex only with circumcised men. This study, ... more

A study suggests that providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) to HIV-positive men who wish to become circumcised could help reduce HIV transmission to their female partners, VOA reports. In the study, which was conducted in Uganda and published in PLOS Medicine, HIV-positive men experienced a temporary increase in penile shedding of the virus in the first three weeks after circumcision. This... more

An intervention that addresses supply and demand for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) significantly increased the number of Zambian men opting to become circumcised and their condom use, a cluster randomized trial published in The Lancet HIV has shown. Men who... more

A clean, well-equipped operating theatre on wheels is expanding access to voluntary medical male circumcision in Uganda, reports the BBC. The mobile male circumcision truck operated by the Makerere University Walter Reed Project has provided VMMC and related HIV prevention services free of charge to more than 80,000 clients over the past five years. This mobile service seeks to remove one of... more

Kenya’s national voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme has surpassed its target of providing services to 940,000 clients, said the VMMC programme manager of the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP). Francis Ndwiga of NASCOP is quoted as saying that the programme has exceeded that goal by about 100,000. He attributes this success to coordination and support from the... more

A cabinet minister said that voluntary medical male circumcision could help Zimbabwe avert 220,000 new HIV infections and save US$1.3 billion in treatment costs, The Zimbabwe Mail reports. During a 30 January speech at the launch of the country’s VMMC operational plan for 2014-18, the minister of health and child care urged delegates to plan more creatively to help the programme reach a total... more

Botswana is one of the few countries that have reached the tipping point in the HIV epidemic, which means that for every person on treatment, less than one person is newly infected, a Voice of America branch manager reported. Speaking at an event in a district where HIV prevalence remains high (27.5 percent in 2013), he said that nationally, new HIV infections have dropped by 71 percent since... more