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Kenya: Circumcision Secretariat Closes

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.

Published
14 hours ago
From
AllAfrica
HIV Prevention Tops the News at AIDS 2014

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.

Published
31 July 2014
From
BETA blog
Significantly less syphilis in female partners of circumcised men

A study presented today at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne found positive associations between voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and a reduced incidence

Published
21 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Circumcision does not promote risky behavior by African men

Men do not engage in riskier behaviors after they are circumcised, according to a study in Kenya by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.

Published
21 July 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Declining investment could slow research and rollout of new HIV prevention options

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.

Published
20 July 2014
From
HIV Vaccines and Microbicides Resource Tracking Working Group press release
The Failure of the ABC Approach to HIV Prevention

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.

Published
08 July 2014
From
Communications Initiative
Cultural constraints on the uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision in Eastern and Southern Africa

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.

Published
24 June 2014
From
BMJ Group blogs
HIV battle: Uganda tests out rubber band circumcision

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.

Published
17 June 2014
From
New Vision
Low rate of adverse events associated with male circumcision during first year of life, study finds

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.

Published
11 June 2014
From
Science Daily
Three-quarters of women interviewed in Kenya's highest prevalence province say they prefer circumcised partners

Women in Kenya generally have a good understanding of the partial protection against infection with HIV provided to men by male circumcision, investigators report in PLOS ONE.

Published
06 June 2014
By
Michael Carter
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