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Swazi football star Dennis “Yuki” Masina became circumcised to serve as a role model for other men, particularly youth, reports Soccer Laduma, a sports publication based in South Africa. In an interview describing the experience and the healing process, the retired professional football player and current manager of a South African football team urged other men to get circumcised to... more

More than 8.9 million men in eastern and southern Africa have been circumcised in programmes supported by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief since 2009, according to the PEPFAR 12th Annual Report to Congress. That number represents most of the more than 10 million voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMCs) performed so far, which are projected to avert more than 240,000 HIV... more

Men who received text messages or visits from lay counselors were almost twice as likely to get circumcised compared to men who received standard referrals at clinics in a study published in The Lancet HIV. This randomised controlled trial of interventions to increase... more

About four out of 10 women in a study in Zambia incorrectly believed that circumcision offers men complete protection against HIV. Results from the 934 women who were interviewed in two rounds of surveys in 2010 and 2011, published in PLoS One, reveal a significant increase in the... more

New estimates published online in Population Health Metrics suggest that 37 percent to 39 percent of men are circumcised worldwide. Approximately half of all male circumcisions were performed for religious or cultural reasons. The authors conclude that their estimates of the prevalence of male circumcision in all countries and territories in the world are the most accurate to date, in... more

Correct, consistent condom use is still essential even after a man has been circumcised, because male circumcision offers men only partial protection against HIV infection, says a public health specialist from the South African HIV management organization CareWorks in a Health24... more

The PrePex™ device may now be used to circumcise male adolescents ages 13 to 17 following clinical studies that demonstrated its safety and efficacy in this age group, according to a field safety notice issued by manufacturer CircMedTech on 10 March. The World Health Organization, which in May 2013 prequalified the... more

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention was discussed during one oral session and several poster sessions at this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016), which was held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 22-25 February 2016. For a schedule of the VMMC presentations and links... more

The 21st International AID Conference (AIDS 2016) welcomes abstract submissions for original contributions to the field in five scientific tracks, with a deadline of 4 February (23:59 Central European Time). The conference will be held in Durban, South Africa, 17-22 July 2016. The theme of AIDS 2016, “Access Equity Rights Now,” is a call to action to work together to reach the people who still... more

A simple device made of two concentric plastic rings, the ShangRing device for performing circumcision on adult men could help turn the tide on Africa’s AIDS epidemic, Xinhua news service reports. The article describes the development of the ShangRing by Chinese wholesale trader Shang Jianzhong after he experienced... more

The protective effect of male circumcision against HIV may not be men’s main motivation for choosing the procedure, suggest the results of a qualitative study conducted in four communities in Botswana. The more immediate benefits of VMMC — improved cleanliness, increased sexual pleasure, perceived greater attractiveness to women, and desire to fit in with a peer group — appeared to play a... more

Circumcised men in Uganda were more likely to report engaging in risky behaviour but less likely to be HIV positive compared to uncircumcised men, researchers reported in an article published online in the journal BMC Public Health. In an analysis of data from two national surveys,... more

Uganda’s first lady and minister for Karamoja affairs counted safe male circumcision (SMC) among the HIV prevention interventions that must be implemented synergistically, along with HIV counselling and testing, elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT), management of sexually transmitted infections, and antiretroviral treatment, New Vision reports. Speaking at an EMTCT... more

Namibia’s former first lady urged all men in Namibia to become circumcised as an additional strategy for preventing HIV, The Namibian reports. Speaking at a World AIDS Day event in the Oshana region, Penehupifo Pohamb is quoted as saying that “the science is very clear” about the effectiveness of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social... more

Zimbabwe’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme has made strides despite the failure to reach its target, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reports. Beginning in 2009, the programme sought to provide VMMC services to 1.3 million men ages 15 to 29. As of September 2015, 500,000 men had been circumcised. The World Health Organization’s regional director for communicable... more