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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
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
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
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
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
What does HIV prevention mean to you? Write it on your hand, take a photo or video, and share it.
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