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Well-known local actors and musicians have joined a nationwide campaign by the Community Media Trust to promote voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in South Africa, Independent Online reports. The “Man Up” campaign aims to debunk myths about the procedure and encourage men to become circumcised as an additional protective measure against HIV, other sexually transmitted... more

Research among men in Lesotho has found that traditionally circumcised men are more likely to be HIV-positive than men who were circumcised in a health facility, Sunday World reports. The study, which was published in the online journal PLOS One, analyzed data collected on 2... more

The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) had supported 11.7 million VMMC procedures by the end of 2016, approaching the 2017 goal of 13 million. Appendix L of PEPFAR’s 2017... more

New modelling studies published in a PLoS collection assess the effects of focusing VMMC programmes on narrower client age groups and specific geographic areas. The studies are assisting decision makers in making more informed decisions about... more

June’s winter initiation season will be the first test of a law designed to improve the safety of traditional male circumcision in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Dispatch Live reports. These changes to the Customary Male Initiation Practice Act passed the provincial legislature unanimously and were signed into law in May. The new law requires registration of traditional... more

The annual rate of new HIV infections has fallen by 42 percent over the past four years ― from 1.17 percent to 0.66 percent ― in one of the most-studied groups of people in Africa, Aidsmap reports. Speaking at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle, Washington,... more

Three large studies in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya have found no evidence that men who have been circumcised engage in riskier sexual behaviour compared to uncircumcised men, Aidsmap reports. The studies examined self-reported behaviours, including condom use and number of sexual partners, to assess whether men adopted riskier sexual behavior after becoming circumcised. Such “... more

Updated recommendations on tetanus vaccination, published in a position paper in the Weekly Epidemiological Record of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 10 February 2017, address a gap in immunity among boys and men identified in part through safety monitoring... more

Uganda has registered a drastic decline in the number of voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMCs) performed, from 900,000 procedures conducted annually in the past years to 556,000 in 2015, The Monitor reports. The manager of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH’s) AIDS control programme is quoted as saying that the reduction came after the government began giving VMMC clients two... more

Educating religious leaders about how voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) helps prevent HIV infection increased the number of men being circumcised in Tanzania, a study published in The Lancet has found. The intervention consisted of a one-day seminar co-taught by a... more

A modelling study suggests that achieving scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as well as UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 HIV testing and treatment targets would result in even greater reductions in new HIV infections, Aidsmap reports.... more

Lower historical rates of male circumcision were associated with higher HIV-2 prevalence in West African cities from 1985, a study published in the open-access journal PLoS One has found. The cities with higher male circumcision rates in 1950 tended to have lower HIV-2... more

Religious and cultural beliefs compete with messages about the purpose of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), affecting men’s decisions about whether to get circumcised, a Ugandan study found. News 24 reports that only about 20 percent of Ugandan men practice traditional male circumcision. In areas where circumcision is not a tradition, such as the fishing communities around Lake... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services help men access healthcare earlier and link them to treatment when health problems are identified, according to an article published by Bhekisisa. The article describes one... more

In preparation for an initiation season likely to involve more than 40,000 South African boys, the Eastern Cape Province’s legislature passed a law to make traditional circumcision safer, Dispatch Live reports. Under the new Cultural Male Circumcision bill, which is expected to be signed during the season, only boys ages 18 and older may participate in the initiation rite. The... more