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Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention

Conclusive research shows that medical male circumcision substantially reduces men's risk of acquiring HIV through vaginal sex, making it an important addition to HIV prevention strategies in eastern and southern Africa. Read more

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20th International AIDS Conference
Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) will be highlighted in more than 80 presentations and abstracts at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, from 20 to 25 July. For links to sessions and abstracts on VMMC, click here.

Namibian men slow to embrace circumcision
In Namibia, the government’s hopes of having at least 80 percent of eligible men circumcised by the end of next year are dwindling…Read more

Millions allocated for safer traditional circumcision
South Africa’s government has set aside 180 million rand for safe male circumcision in an effort to end fatalities at initiation schools…Read more

Botswana reports progress
About 35 percent of the men in Botswana have been circumcised as part of a national strategy to prevent the spread of HIV infection...Read more

Study finds Kenya women prefer circumcised men
Three-quarters of the women interviewed in a small qualitative study in Kenya said they preferred circumcised to uncircumcised partners…Read more

Male circumcision rates rise in Kenya
After Kenya adopted a programme to promote voluntary medical male circumcision, the proportion of men who are circumcised rose significantly…Read more

Some protection seen for women with circumcised partners
A study in South Africa found that women with circumcised partners are less likely to have HIV infection and no less likely to use condoms...Read more

Zimbabwe to train nurses
At least 8,000 nurses in Zimbabwe will be trained to perform male circumcision and determine when patients with HIV should initiate antiretroviral treatment…Read more

Ugandan army conducts medical outreach
Voluntary medical male circumcision and other HIV prevention measures are part of a public health drive marking National Army Week in Uganda…Read more

Uganda plans PrePex rollout
Implementation of a new male circumcision procedure that does not require conventional surgery and is considered bloodless will begin this month in Uganda…Read more

 

Essential Reading

UNAIDS Global AIDS Report 2013

This report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS documents reductions in new HIV infections of 52 percent among children and 33 percent among adults and children combined since 2001. The report’s update on the progress of voluntary medical male circumcision (PDF, 68 KB) programmes in 16 countries shows that the cumulative number of men circumcised through 14 of these programmes doubled in 2012.

 

New to the Site

Updates to the site include:

 

document coverScale-up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Africa: Update on Priority Countries — July 2014 (2014, PDF, 692 KB). An update on the progress toward scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in 14 priority countries documents a dramatic increase in African men choosing medical male circumcision from 2008 to 2013. This two-page fact sheet also describes what needs to be done to step up the pace of scale-up so that the full potential of VMMC for HIV prevention can be realized.

 

PrePex SafetySafety, Effectiveness and Acceptability of the PrePex
Device for Adult Male Circumcision in Kenya
(2014, PDF, 198 KB). This study, which enrolled 427 men, ages 18–49, at one fixed and two outreach clinics in Kenya, sought to assess the safety, effectiveness, and acceptability of the PrePex device for adult medical male circumcision in routine service delivery.

 

Tchova TchovaTchova Tchova CCP Male Circumcision Success Story (2014, 4:33 minutes). This video tells the story of 24-year-old Edilson Muthemba, who chose to get circumcised at the Patrice Lumumba Health Center in Xai- Xai, Mozambique. After having the procedure, Edilson became an advocate for VMMC in the region.

 

VMMC for HIV Prevention: Improving Quality, Efficiency, Cost Effectiveness, and Demand for Services during an Accelerated Scale-up. These articles form a new PLOS ONE collection on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and highlight key findings from several countries that have moved to high-volume VMMC services; explore current challenges; and offer recommendations for programmes as they accelerate scale-up of VMMC services in their countries.

 

New Facilitator's Guide and Learner's Workbook accompany the Manual for Early Infant Male Circumcision under Local Anaesthesia. This comprehensive, competency-based training package was developed by PEPFAR and its implementing partners and consists of a facilitator’s guide and learners’ workbook, which can be used to plan and implement blended (self-paced and group-based) training designs as well as prolonged post-training mentorship of providers until they have reached the desired level of competency.

 

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Health Care Waste Management (HCWM) Toolkit (2013, PDF, 1.18 MB). This toolkit was developed to assist program implementers with the waste management challenges associated with VMMC programs; it contains guidance on the development of a waste management system to support VMMC programs, standard operating procedures on waste disposal and training tools for waste handlers and transporters.

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