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Register now to join a webinar on Monday, 7 November, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (EST) to learn about the new VMMC In-Service Communication Best Practices Guide and how to use it to improve counselling and other communication with clients of voluntary medical male circumcision programmes. Please... more

The articles in a special PLoS collection of modelling studies offer insights on how to enhance the impact and cost-effectiveness of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC programmes), says a senior USAID advisor in a PLoS blog. In an... more

By reaching more than 1 million men, Kenya’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme has already prevented tens of thousands of HIV infections, modeling studies suggest. Medpage Today reports that the results of three different mathematical modelling studies agree that the 1.2 million circumcisions performed under Kenya’s VMMC programme from 2008 to 2015 averted an... more

Experiences in scaling up VMMC and other HIV prevention interventions offer important lessons for efforts to introduce new prevention technologies, Aidsmap reports in an article about presentations made at the HIV Research for Prevention conference, which was held ... more

Tanzania’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme has reached 98 percent of eligible men and boys in the priority regions of Iringa and Njombe, reports Borgen Magazine. To sustain that achievement, the programme continues to circumcise thousands of clients per month. The use of GIS technology helps programme managers make strategic decisions about where to offer VMMC... more

A webinar on 27 October 2016 will officially launch a PLoS One collection of articles on new mathematical models for strategic planning in voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programmes. The two-hour programme will begin at 8 a.m. EST. For more information on the programme, see this... more

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In a nine-week campaign leading up to World AIDS Day 2016, UNAIDS explores different aspects of HIV prevention and encourages people to express their views on what needs to be done to strengthen prevention efforts. This week’s focus is on condoms, an efficient and cost-... more

Malawi’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme has shifted its focus, guided by modeling results estimating greater impact and potential savings of $US 344 million, Pacific Standard reports. The study recommends emphasizing recruitment of men and boys ages... more

The results of a randomised controlled trial, published in BJU International, show that early infant male circumcision (EIMC) can be performed safely in rural Uganda, Medical Xpress reports. In the trial, 256 male infants were circumcised by clinical officers and 245 were circumcised by registered nurse midwives at four rural health centres. The rates of complications were low, at 2.4... more

Members of the Shangani ethnic group in Zimbabwe are increasingly embracing modern methods of male circumcision, TellZim News reports. The Shangani and Lemba cultures are the only groups with a history of male circumcision in Zimbabwe, but until recently they have resisted government attempts to improve the practice. A shift in that stance was apparent during the Shangani graduation... more

The number of men opting to become circumcised was one of the few indicators of progress against HIV that did not show substantial gains in Uganda in the past year, New Vision reports. A new report covering July 2015 to June 2016 shows that the number of Ugandans who became infected with HIV dropped to 83,000, down from 95,000 in the previous 12 months. HIV infections among... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is part of a male-mentoring programme in Swaziland that seeks to change dangerous expectations about masculinity, Al Jazeera reports. The director of the programme, which is called Kwakha Indvodza (Building a Man), notes that the widespread belief that a man should be strong, solitary, and authoritative makes men less likely to seek... more

The 10 articles featured in this collection, published in Global Health: Science and Practice, offer insights on the introduction of early infant male... more

A collection of 17 articles presents the results of studies on the introduction of the PrePex device and the ShangRing conducted in eight countries. Published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes,... more

The medical male circumcisions (MMCs) performed in South Africa from 2008 to 2015 will avert 218,000 HIV infections and save more than US $790 million in treatment costs by 2030, health officials from South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland write in a ... more