Limited funding and personnel, as well as misconceptions and cultural beliefs, are some of the challenges hindering Uganda's goal of circumcising at least 4.2 million men by 2015 in a bid to lower the country's HIV/AIDS incidence.
08 October 2014 | IRIN
The secretariat that coordinated all voluntary medical male circumcision in Kenya the last six years has closed. It was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation but other funders have not come forward. The closure of the secretariat is likely to slow down the momentum of circumcision in Kenya.
02 September 2014 | AllAfrica
Biomedical prevention has garnered more headlines than HIV treatment in recent years, and the news coming out of the 20th International AIDS Conference last week in Melbourne was no exception.
31 July 2014 | BETA blog
Men do not engage in riskier behaviors after they are circumcised, according to a study in Kenya by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.
21 July 2014 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
Investment in HIV prevention research fell US$50 million, or 4 percent, to US$1.26 billion in 2013, due to declining investments by the United States and European government donors, changes in the international development landscape and changes in the pipeline of HIV prevention products in various stages of development and implementation, according to a new report from the HIV Vaccines and Microbicides Resource Tracking Working Group.
20 July 2014 | HIV Vaccines and Microbicides Resource Tracking Working Group press release
For close to 25 years the standard HIV prevention strategy was the ABC sexual behaviour change strategy: Abstain, be Faithful, and use Condoms. Today, this ‘old’ strategy has all but faded into the background, with only condoms remaining on the tick-list of ‘to do’s’. The evidence was clear: New infections continued to rise steadily year after year, regardless of ABC. The 2012 South African Department of Health Antenatal Study confirms this.
08 July 2014 | Communications Initiative
The existence of a cultural practice of circumcision amongst certain groups in a region does not always confer an advantage where potential clients for VMMC are in the older age groups (25+). In particular, good uptake of VMMC services by adolescents may actually prove an obstacle for older men, reinforcing the cultural perception of VMMC as primarily for younger men.
24 June 2014 | BMJ Group blogs
With trousers around his ankles, Justin Igalla awaits a tight rubber band for his foreskin, an innovative non-surgical technique rolling out in several African nations to encourage circumcision and cut HIV infection rates.
17 June 2014 | New Vision
A low rate of adverse events was associated with male circumcision when the procedure was performed during the first year of life, but the risk was 10 to 20 times higher when boys were circumcised after infancy. "Given the current debate about whether male circumcision should be delayed from infancy to adulthood for autonomy reasons, our results are timely and can help physicians counsel parents about circumcising their sons," the researchers concluded.
11 June 2014 | Science Daily
Social marketing campaigns for male circumcision in Zimbabwe focus on themes other than HIV - hygiene, sexual attraction and sexual performance.
12 May 2014 | NPR