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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Project ECHO are hosting a weekly webinar series about infection prevention and control (IPC) in the context of COVID-19 every Thursday through 6 August 2020 from 9:00–10:30 a.m. EDT and from 12:00–1:30 p.m. CST. Speakers from CDC, the World Health Organization, and... more

HIV prevention services are among those most disrupted by restrictions designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa, reports Open Democracy and the Mail & Guardian. In 24 interviews conducted by Open Democracy, an independent global media organisation, health workers and sex workers in Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda... more

The Council of Traditional Leaders of South Africa has cancelled this year’s winter initiation season over fears about the potential for COVID-19 to spread quickly among initiates, HeraldLIVE reports. The institutions’ national executive committee unanimously agreed on the cancellation after consulting with the leaders of the cultural committees that practice the customary rite of passage in... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention was highlighted in 21 abstracts during the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which was held virtually from 8 to 11 March 2020.

VMMC was highlighted in an opening session lecture about translating HIV science into public health impact, a plenary talk about lessons from recent trials... more

In less than 10 minutes, you can complete a survey collecting data to guide protection of the health and safety of health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed by an international group of experts convened by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization, this survey... more

Disruptions in HIV services resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to as many as 673,000 extra AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of next year, POZ reports. Modeling experts assembled by the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) analysed the effects of potential reductions in access to HIV treatment, viral load... more

One of the South African communities hardest hit by HIV, the town of Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, has begun to turn the tide against the epidemic. A pilot project begun by the international nongovernmental organization Médicins Sans Frontières in 2011 included a massive distribution of free condoms, promotion of adult medical male circumcision, a schools scheme, outreach to community leaders and... more

On 7 April 2020 — World Health Day — WHO celebrates nurses and midwives, recognizes the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy, and calls for urgent investments in nursing education, jobs, and leadership. WHO also marked the day by launching the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing... more

Progress against HIV made through expanded testing and treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis, voluntary medical male circumcision, and targeted interventions for young women and girls is imperiled by the COVID-19 pandemic, warns a Washington Post profile of... more

The introduction and scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is one of several interventions that led to an impressive decline in new HIV infections in Kenya, writes one of the principal investigators for the 2018 Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) in a... more

Reductions in new HIV infections among Ugandan women as well as men are due in part to scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and antiretroviral therapy (ART), Healio reports. Data from the Rakai Community Cohort Study presented during the 2020 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) revealed a recent dramatic decline in HIV incidence among women, whose... more

The 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), to be held in Kigali in December, will provide an opportunity for Rwandans to share what they have learned about preventing HIV infections and increasing the life expectancy of people living with HIV, The New Times reports. The successful approaches described in the... more

When Malawian community mobiliser Ajasi Bamusi turns up at football matches, he is keen for halftime. “I negotiate with the team captain to use halftime to give a talk promoting voluntary male medical circumcisions (VMMC)," explains Bamusi in an article from the World Health Organization. The community mobiliser... more

Speaking at a World AIDS Day event in Klerksdorp, South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza called on communities to end the stigma associated with HIV and discrimination against people living with the virus, News24 reports. Ending the epidemic and gender-based violence will require changes in social attitudes and norms, he said. Mabuza also recognized progress against HIV in South... more

Almost 4.5 million men and boys have been circumcised in Tanzania since the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme began in 2009, The Citizen reports. The article quotes a programme officer from Tanzania’s National AIDS... more