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Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates urged African countries to emulate Kenya’s successful voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme in Nyanza to reduce HIV infections, an article in The Star (Nairobi) reports.... more

This decade could be the beginning of the end of the HIV epidemic, but not without more support for HIV prevention, write Peter Piot of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Mitchell Warren of AVAC in a... more

A study reveals that two prevention strategies — voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) — helped reduce the number of new HIV infections in Rakai, Uganda, reports an article in the Daily Mail... more

Expressing concern about decreases in both funding for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and the annual number of men circumcised, presenters at a session on VMMC at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) emphasised that continued uptake of the procedure is essential to reaching a 75 percent reduction in new HIV infections by 2020, as well as sustained control of the pandemic.... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention was highlighted in eight sessions, one oral abstract presentation, and 64 posters at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, from 18 to 22 July.Three satellite sessions on the first day of the conference featured presentations and discussions about VMMC: one on VMMC as an entry point for other... more

In an effort to fight against HIV, men in Kenya’s Nyanza Province are embracing a cultural practice that was foreign to their forefathers, reports an article on The Global Fund website. Since 2008, more than 1 million men and boys have become circumcised – most of them in Nyanza – through the National AIDS... more

Fifteen taxi drivers in Lesotho’s capital have been educating their passengers about voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention as part of a pilot programme that began in April, Newsweek reports. When a passenger expresses interest, the driver gives him a referral card for a consultation at a clinic offering free VMMC services. The drivers receive monthly fuel... more

In a large, generalized epidemic like South Africa’s, combining sustained antiretroviral treatment (ART) with proven strategies such as male circumcision, condom promotion, and behavior change efforts could prove less effective than expected, writes Jon Cohen of Science magazine. Neighboring Botswana has reached the UNAIDS targets of 90 percent of people living with HIV knowing their status,... more

Approaches that are helping voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programmes close gaps in service delivery and improve safety were the focus of a webinar on 22 June. Sponsored by the Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, the webinar examined the contributions of quality assurance and continuous quality improvement (CQI) to VMMC. Presenters addressed... more

A 10 June webinar sponsored by the Human Reproduction Programme and the World Health Organization will examine strategies for increasing male engagement in efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission (eMTCT) of HIV and syphilis. Presentations by panelists and discussion will focus on understanding how increased male involvement can help countries meet global eMTCT targets, with examples... more

Kenya has built a reputation as a public-health success with its rapid scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision, but the story does not end there, writes Diana Wangari in a two-part series in The Star. The first article describes how Kenya’s programme increased... more

The end of the global AIDS epidemic will be postponed indefinitely if funding for HIV prevention is reduced to pay for HIV treatment, writes epidemiologist Jason Reed of Jhpiego in a blog. Although voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is the single most cost-... more

Uganda’s health ministry plans to promote circumcision of newborn male infants after studies showed that the procedure can be performed safely in the country’s resource-limited settings, Uganda Radio Network (URN) reports. Researchers from the Rakai Health Sciences Program, the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health had successfully tested the... more

Five Cabinet ministers are among the 80,000 males who have been circumcised in Swaziland since 2014, APA news service reports. The Ministry of Health’s goal is to circumcise 227,670 male adults, adolescents, and infants by 2018 to contribute to HIV prevention. A large percentage of those circumcised have been boys ages 8 to 15, who usually undergo the procedure during school holidays with... more

More than 1.2 million men and boys have been circumcised in Zambia since the introduction of voluntary medical male circumcision in 2007, health officials reported at the launch of a VMMC campaign in Lusaka. The online publication Zambia Reports quotes the country’s deputy health minister, who spoke at the launch, as saying that Zambia aims to circumcise 80 percent of uncircumcised,... more