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In a small village in Kenya’s Laikipia County, the elders of the Samburu people have incorporated medical male circumcision into the traditional initiation ceremony for boys, The Standard reports. In the article, one of the elders explains that they decided to... more

A study found that the introduction and expansion of combination HIV prevention services, including HIV testing, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), and antiretroviral therapy, led to significant decreases in new HIV infections in four... more

Zimbabwe recorded declines in new HIV infections of 9 percent among adults and 27 percent among children from 2015 to 2018, The Herald reports. A government official, speaking at the launch of a two-week review of the national HIV programme, attributed these gains and a 60 percent reduction in AIDS-related deaths from 2010 to 2017 to the collective efforts of the government and the... more

To achieve the goal of providing 25 million voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMCs) by 2020, programmes in southern and eastern Africa would need to reach an additional 15 million men and adolescent boys, according to the 2019 Global AIDS Update from the Joint... more

A new mobile health clinic is allowing rapid expansion of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in the hills of Tanzania’s Morogoro Region, reports the Daily News. The article feature Joseph Anthony, a 21-year-old brick maker who lives in a village outside the clinic. Previously unable to access male circumcision because of financial constraints, Joseph is now one of... more

On the first World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019, the World Health Organization launched a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer. Campaign materials and information about improving patient safety are available here... more

A report released at the IAS 2019 conference in Mexico City documents dramatic reductions in HIV incidence and mortality achieved in six different settings, Africa Science News reports. Lower rates of new HIV infections and HIV-related deaths have been attributed to campaigns to encourage HIV testing, free access to treatment at the time of diagnosis with HIV, and scale-up of evidence-based... more

The rate of new HIV infections dropped by about 30 percent in three studies of intensive HIV interventions, but they did not achieve the larger reductions in incidence that had been expected, The New York Times reports. The studies, conducted in five African countries among almost 1.5 million people, assessed the impact of testing everyone in a community for HIV and providing... more

Linking men to HIV services is a major challenge, reports South Africa’s Times Live, citing the latest Global AIDS Update from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Times Live covered the release of the report in the Kwazulu-Natal town of Eshowe, where... more

Many parents in South Africa's Limpopo Province have lost faith in the traditional way of circumcising boys and are turning to voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), Health-e News reports. Several parents who had taken their sons for VMMC cited concerns about the safety, hygiene, and cost of the traditional rite of passage. A general practitioner from a health centre in the village of... more

The Zambian government aims to circumcise 360,000 men and boys in 2019 as one of its interventions to reduce HIV infections, Zambian Eye reports. Speaking in Muchinga Province’s Chinsali District at the launch of an April campaign to promote voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), the province’s assistant secretary said VMMC is a cost-effective HIV prevention intervention. He... more

Zimbabwe’s national voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme circumcised more than 326,000 men and boys last year, meeting 90 percent of its goal of 350,000 VMMCs for 2018, reports Zimbabwe Daily. The health ministry’s VMMC director reported this progress at a meeting held to review the country’s new two-year VMMC strategy. He noted that the VMMC programme, which reached... more

Providing door-to-door HIV testing and linkages to HIV care, treatment, and prevention services substantially reduced new HIV infections in a study involving more than 1 million people in Zambia and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Aidsmap reports. The... more

Findings on the impact of antiretroviral therapy and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) on the rate of new HIV infections in Western Kenya were examined in a themed discussion and a poster presentation at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, Washington, from 4–7 March 2019.... more

A systematic review of 81 peer-reviewed studies and abstracts, published 31 January 2019 in Frontiers in Public Health, provides evidence that male circumcision is a powerful tool to reduce women’s risk of cervical cancer and several sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The researchers... more