VMMC at ICASA 2017

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) was highlighted during four sessions and in 26 abstracts at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) from 4–9 December 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Presentations about VMMC were part of two abstract-driven sessions — one about sexually transmitted infections on 5 December and one on new approaches to HIV prevention on 6 December. Two satellite symposia on Thursday, 8 December, were devoted to VMMC: "Man, What Took You So Long? What the HIV Response Can Learn from VMMC Scale Up," organised by Jhpiego, and the World Health Organization's session on “Reaching Adolescent Boys for HIV Prevention, Improved Health and Transformative Gender Interventions through VMMC.”

Abstracts are available on the conference website through the online programme.

Tuesday, 5 December

TUAB0505 – Voluntary medical male circumcision: an approach to screen and treat clients for sexually transmitted infections

Presenter: Geoffrey K. Menego, Lilongwe, Malawi

In: Abstract Driven Session

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Chair: Henry N. Nagai, Ghana

Time: 14:45–16:15

Place: Prof. Femi Soyinka Room (Palais Des Congrès)



Tuesday TUPDC130 – Scaling up VMMC services among males aged 25+ years in Kenya through referral and linkage by HIV testing services counselors

Presenter: Charles Waga, Kisumu, Kenya

TUPDC177 – Consolidated overview of notifiable adverse events in the PEPFAR voluntary medical male circumcision program (January 2015 - March 2017)

Presenter: Caroline Cooney, Washington, United States

TUPDC183 – ‘Sharpening the pencil': association of male circumcision with sexual virility in traditional circumcising and non-circumcising communities in Western Kenya

Presenter: Margaret Kabare, Perth, Australia

TUPDC190 – Predictors of non-return for male circumcision among men who receive the initial doses of tetanus toxoid (TT) at military mobile circumcision outreach camps in Uganda

Presenter: Alphonsus Kityo, Kampala, Uganda

TUPDD233 – Becoming men: HIV-positive adolescent boys' adherence to ART during initiation/circumcision in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

Presenter: Lesley Gittings, Cape Town, South Africa


Wednesday, 6 December

WEAC0704 – Female HIV status and willingness to support voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in couples in Rakai, Uganda

Presenter: Dorean Nabukalu, Kampala, Uganda

WEAC0705 – Rapid scale-up of voluntary medical circumcision in Zambezia, Mozambique: four years of program outcomes

Presenter: Juliana Soares Linn, New York, United States

In: Abstract Driven Session

New Approaches for Prevention

Chairs: Claire Rekacewicz, France and Meg Doherty, Geneva, Switzerland

Time: 10:45–12:15

Place: Prof. Kadio Auguste Room (Salle Des Fêtes)



WEPDB093 – Cervical cancer prevention (CECAP) hinges on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and increases uptake of both services in Zambia

Presenter: Hildah Chipumbu Shasulwe, Lusaka, Zambia

WEPDB100 – High VMMC post-op follow-up rates achieved and maintained through cohort management of client forms and immediate telephonic contact in Erongo and Ohangwena Regions Namibia

Presenter: Abubakari Mwinyi, Swakopmund, Namibia

WEPDC108 – Circumcision intentions and actual circumcision status of men from a traditionally non-circumcising Kenyan community: results from three rounds of a longitudinal bio-behavioural survey in, 2012 – 2016

Presenter: Barbara Burmen, Kisumu, Kenya

WEPDC117 – Using mobile health (mHealth) to improve uptake and post-operative outcomes of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in Uganda

Presenter: Louis Henry Kamulegeya, Kampala, Uganda

WEPDC119 – Overcoming the barriers of TT integration and achieving above 80% TT2 return rates in VMMC programs in resource limited settings, TASO Uganda experience

Presenter: David Kagimu, Kampala, Uganda

WEPDC137 – Prospective cohort study of the safety and efficacy of PrePex circumcision performed by non physicians on an early infant male population

Presenter: Fredrick O. Otieno, Kisumu, Kenya

WEPDC152 – Parental willingness for male infant circumcision at 6 weeks or earlier to prevent HIV in Rakai District Uganda

Presenter: Teddy Maria Murungi, Kalisizo, Uganda

WEPDC161 – Barriers to achieving optimal level of male circumcision prevalence for HIV prevention: why some military men in Uganda do not accept circumcision

Presenter: John Bosco Mayanja Ddamulira, Kampala, Uganda

WEPDC186 – Evaluating the Impact of the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program in Zimbabwe

Presenter: Eline Korenromp, Geneva, Switzerland

WEPDC207 – Early infant male circumcision (EIMC) services for HIV prevention: a gateway for fathers to receive HIV testing services in Iringa Region, Tanzania

Presenter: Michael Machaku, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

WEPDC210 – Sexual practices among adolescent and young adult men who received VMMC services in Lesotho

Presenter: Mathabang Priscilla Mokoena, Maseru, Lesotho


Thursday, 7 December

Satellite Symposia

JHPIEGO: Man, What Took You So Long? What the HIV Response Can Learn from Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Scale-Up

Time: 7:00–08:30

Place: Prof. Kadio Auguste Room (Salle Des Fêtes)

World Health Organisation: Reaching Adolescent Boys for HIV Prevention, Improved Health and Transformative Gender Interventions through VMMC

Time: 10:45–12:15

Place: Dr. Peter Piot Room (Balafon)



THPDC166 – Contribution towards 90-90-90: VMMC as a strategy to reach men with HIV testing services

Presenter: Geoffrey K. Menego, Lilongwe, Malawi

THPDC208 – Comparison of campaign and non campaign VMMC services towards reaching men 15-29 years

Presenter: Geoffrey K. Menego, Lilongwe, Malawi

THPDE290 – Optimizing client mobilization for voluntary medical male circumcision in Rural Uganda

Presenter: Michael O. Adengo, Kampala, Uganda


Friday, 8 December


FRPDB052 – Trippling voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) numbers in hard to reach area of Okavango Delta through introduction of task sharing model

Presenter: Kaelo Robert Masoloko, Gaborone, Botswana

FRPDB077 – Adaptation in the face of adversity: voluntary medical male circumcision in Zimbabwe following revised global guidance regarding tetanus immunization

Presenter: Shirish Balachandra, Harare, Zimbabwe

FRPDC157 – Acceptability and prevalence of male circumcision for HIV prevention among potential male recruits in the Botswana Defence Force

Presenter: Mooketsi Ditsela, Gaborone, Botswana

FRPDC173 – Leveraging school calendar to increase uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in Northern Zambia

Presenter: Gabriel Kibombwe, Lusaka, Zambia

FRPDC183 – Factors associated with male circumcision as HIV prevention among adults (15-59) in Rwanda - In depth analysis of RAIHIS 2013-2014

Presenter: Karangwa Chaste, Kigali, Rwanda