Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention was featured in two oral abstract presentations and seven posters at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico City, Mexico, from 21 to 24 July 2019.
A late-breaker presentation on Monday, 22 July, reported on efforts to improve uptake of VMMC in traditional initiation settings. Data from a study in Tanzania, presented during a Tuesday, 23 July session entitled “Prevention is more than PrEP,” addressed how offering infant male circumcision affected mother’s attendance at postnatal care visits in Tanzania.
Posters examined community-led demand creation for VMMC, attitudes towards VMMC, and modeling studies on prioritising younger men for VMMC services and the potential impact of VMMC on cervical cancer.
Oral Abstract Sessions
MOAD0405LB – Improving uptake for VMMC in traditional initiation settings
Presenter: Kevin Bellis, Pretoria, South Africa
In: Session MOAD04 – Big, Bold and Effective: Multi-Level Strategies That Work
TUAD0203 ‒ Does early infant male circumcision increase mothers' attendance for postnatal care services? Findings from Iringa and Njombe Regions, Tanzania
Presenter: Michael Machaku, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
In: Session TUAD02 ‒ Prevention is More Than PrEP
MOPED551 ‒ Community-led demand creation approaches to improve uptake of safe voluntary medical male circumcision in Eastern Uganda
Presenter: Godfrey Nathan Muzaaya, Kampala, Uganda
MOPED561 ‒ Female volunteer community advocates perform at a comparable level with their male counterparts supporting voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services at routine facilities in Tanzania
Presenter: Cestina George, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
TUPEC382 ‒ Reasons for exclusion from voluntary medical male circumcision: Project IQ Malawi experience
Presenter: Chimwemwe Kana, Lilongwe, Malawi
TUPEC383 ‒ Maximizing voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention in Lilongwe, Malawi, by targeting men in priority age group (15–29 years)
Presenter: Wezi Msungama, Lilongwe, Malawi
TUPEC384 ‒ Modeling the impact of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) on cervical cancer in Uganda
Presenter: Melissa Habel, Atlanta, United States
WEPED857 ‒ Traditional beliefs on gender roles and HIV risk behaviour among adult men interested in voluntary medical male circumcision, South Africa
Presenter: Candice Maylene Chetty-Makkan, Johannesburg, South Africa
WEPED858 ‒ Acceptability of voluntary medical male circumcision in Zambia: Using population-level data to inform demand-creation strategies
Presenter: Maria A. Carrasco, Washington, United States