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Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and an annual HIV test are the only regular health services recommended for men in Malawi, while women of childbearing age are advised to visit clinics dozens of times a year for family planning, maternal health, and other services, a study has... more

Despite circumcising 2 million men and boys since 2010, Uganda has fallen short of its goals for safe male circumcision (SMC), Global Press Journal reports. The country’s policy, adopted in 2010, aimed to provide SMC services to 4.2 million men and boys ages 15 to 49 by 2016. Ugandans working on SMC who are quoted in the article attribute the shortfall to misconceptions about the... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is part of a national strategy to reduce the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in Kenya by 75 percent in 2019, Xinhua reports. A new report from the National AIDS Control Council describes how Kenya will use a combination... more

Two young men in Namibia are posting videos of their experiences with voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as part of a social media campaign to encourage men to get circumcised, New Era Live reports. Using the hashtag #doitwithafriend and posting on Facebook and other platforms videos that will follow the men through the six-week healing period, the campaign will address some... more

A mobile clinic launched to increase access to voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in Cape Town, South Africa, will be able to provide up to 40 male circumcisions a day, Times Live reports. A joint initiative of the Western Cape Department of Health and the nonprofit organisation Jhpiego, the mobile clinic will also provide screening for HIV and prostate cancer. Its launch was... more

The acceptability and uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and its role in encouraging HIV testing were among the topics examined in five posters presented at the HIV Research for Prevention conference in Madrid from 21-25 October 2018. A schedule and links to the conference programme are available here.

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The US President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supported the voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMCs) of more than 15 million men and boys in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa from 2007 to 2017, Aidsmap reports. The article, which summarises a paper published in BMJ Open, also cites a World Health Organization estimate that the 15,269,720 PEPFAR-... more

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... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention was highlighted in three presentations and 32 posters at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam from 23 to 27 July 2018. For a schedule of the VMMC presentations and links to summaries of the abstracts, click here.

Two million men and boys have been circumcised in Zambia since the government’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme began in 2007, the Lusaka Times reports. In a speech read at the 3 August launch of a national VMMC campaign, a Ministry of Health official said that the 170,000 VMMCs performed this year as of 30 June represent 44 percent of the goal of 400,000 for 2018... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) was identified as one of four HIV interventions that are cost-effective in the most locations in a study of resource allocation among 13 interventions in 52 countries. The study, which was presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on 25 July 2018... more

An increase in voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMC) is among the signs of significant, but insufficient, progress against HIV cited by South African researchers in a Health24 article on 18 July 2018. The South African National HIV Incidence,... more

More than 1 million men have been circumcised in Zimbabwe since the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme began in 2009, ZimEye reports. The country missed reaching its goal of 1.3 million VMMCs by 2015 but is nearing that target now. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, more than 1.1 million men have become circumcised, including 301,355 clients who sought and... more

A well-known actor’s circumcision kicked off the “Millionth Man Campaign” in ZwaZulu Natal, South Africa, City Press reports. Actor Melusi Yeni said he was happy to join the campaign to help reduce new HIV infections and described his circumcision as “hassle-free.” Having already circumcised 1 million men and boys, the provincial Department of Health (DOH) aims to provide voluntary... more

Adolescent girls play an important role in influencing adolescent boys’ decisions about getting circumcised, new research suggests. An article on the HIV website Avert summarises the findings of a study among 90 adolescent girls living near health facilities offering... more