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New HIV infections among adults in Kenya’s Siaya County have dropped by half since 2011, The Standard reports. An analysis of data from repeated household surveys involving 30,000 people in the subcounty of Gem, published in The Lancet, shows that new HIV... more

Better counselling of younger clients is needed to ensure continued progress in reducing new HIV infections through voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), Healio reports. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University surveyed 33 providers and 12 facility managers at 12 VMMC sites in South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe from June 2015 to September 2016 to identify successes as well as areas... more

The rate of new HIV infections has been reduced by 58 percent since 2011 in Uganda’s Rakai District, dropping from 3.97 per 100 person-years to 1.61 per 100 person-years, Aidsmap reports. Presenting at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) on 6 March, investigator Joseph Kayaagi said that... more

Research on the safety and acceptability of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) was presented in a poster session at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) on Tuesday, 6 March 2018. For links to the abstracts and posters from the session, click here.

A state-of-the-art mobile clinic is enabling Namibia’s Ministry of Health to bring male circumcision to men’s doorsteps, The Namibian reports. The only truck of its kind in the country, the mobile clinic has a fully equipped theatre devoted to performing voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention. It was first dispatched to the Erongo and Ohangwena regions because... more

KwaZulu-Natal’s top health official, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, committed to circumcising 1 million men in the province by April, The Citizen reports. He spoke at the homecoming centre for initiates who had been circumcised in Harry Gwala District. The Department of Health forged a partnership with the district’s traditional committee after realising that most male circumcisions were... more

Nearly 5 million men and boys were medically circumcised by programmes supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 12 countries in southern and eastern Africa from 2013 to 2016, according to an article published in the 1 December issue of the Morbidity and... more

Increased uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and other HIV prevention measures was one of the benefits of an HIV self-testing initiative now being expanded to South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho, IOL News reports. In South Africa, more than 2 million test kits will be distributed to improve access to HIV testing and increase the percentage of people who are aware of... more

Bill and Melinda Gates praise Kenya’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme and recent rollout of pre-exposure prophylaxis in a new report, The Star reports. In Goalkeepers 2017, the first in a series of annual reports on progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,... more

Traditional leaders were hailed for their support of medical male circumcision at a graduation ceremony for young Tshangani initiates in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe, The Chronicle reports. More than 2,400 Tshangani men and boys were circumcised in one-and-a-half months as part of a traditional initiation programme; a local member of Parliament also became circumcised. Tshangani doctors and... more

Local champions and mapping software are helping a nongovernmental organization reach more men with voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), Bhekisisa reports. The HIV nonprofit Right to Care used specially designed software to plot VMMC uptake against the number of men eligible for circumcision in an area and the local health facilities providing VMMC services. Working with community... more

Swaziland has almost reached the 90-90-90 goals for HIV testing, treatment, and viral suppression set for 2020, Medpage Today reports. Nationally representative household surveys found that in 2016, almost 85 percent of Swazi adults had been tested for HIV, more than 87 percent of those who had tested positive were on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and nearly 92 percent of those on ART... more

Women who reported that their most recent male sex partner was circumcised were less likely to have HIV and genital herpes than women whose last partner was not circumcised in a study in South Africa, Aidsmap reports. This study, which was presented at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV... more

A study conducted in Uganda has revealed that a 10-fold increase in several types of bacteria living under a man’s foreskin can increase his risk of acquiring HIV infection by up to 63 percent, Medical Xpress reports. The researchers said that this study, which was... more

Among South African men tested for HIV before voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), the proportion testing positive increases with age, reports the Cape Times News. A study presented at the Eighth Annual South Africa AIDS Conference in Durban on 13 June found that the percentage of VMMC clients services who tested positive for HIV increased at age 22 and rose sharply among... more