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Using market research for long-term sustainability of VMMC in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) provides at least a 60% protective effect against HIV infection for men. While service delivery for VMMC has improved and taken to scale, uptake has plateaued. PSI Zimbabwe and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation worked with IPSOS, a market research firm, to investigate how to map and better understand the associations men and boys have with VMMC, to adapt to who now presents for information on VMMC and update their programming to fit new audiences.

19 October 2016
Kenya: Over 20,000 HIV Infections Averted By Adult Male Circumcision Tool Prepex

Over 20, 000 new HIV infections have been averted in the past eight years as a result of using a non-surgical method called PrePex to circumcise adult men.

11 July 2016
Circumcision May Not Reduce Sensitivity of Penis

Circumcision, many contend, reduces the sensitivity of the penis. But a controlled experiment has found no evidence for the belief.

25 April 2016
The New York Times
Does Uganda need to realign its male circumcision campaign?

Although more Ugandan men are seeking medical circumcision, the government is falling short of its 80 per cent target. According to a report by the Uganda Aids Commission, 35 per cent of adult men had undergone safe medical circumcision by the end of 2014. This has led some health experts to ask if Uganda should adopt a new strategy to encourage more men to come forward.

05 April 2016
Key Correspondents
Soccer-Based Promo of Circumcision Scores in Africa (CME/CE)

In the African nation of Zimbabwe where HIV infection is prevalent and where soccer is almost a religion, sports stars have successfully teamed up with a non-governmental agency to promote male circumcision among the nation's youth, researchers reported here.

27 July 2015
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
Cash compensation encourages uptake of circumcision, PMTCT services

Cash compensation can improve the uptake of key HIV prevention services in sub-Saharan Africa, results from two randomised studies show. The studies were presented on Tuesday at

22 July 2015
Keith Alcorn
ShangRing: WHO approval of second nonsurgical circumcision device sets stage for accelerated access to HIV prevention measure

Latest device approved for use on adolescents, broadening scope of low-cost intervention.

02 July 2015
Science Speaks
In Global Fight Against HIV, China’s Circumcision Device Makes the Cut

China wants a bigger slice of the global health market and it has a new tactic for getting it: circumcision.The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that it has approved the quality and production of a Chinese circumcision device to aid HIV prevention.

18 June 2015
Wall Street Journal
As circumcision wounds heal, HIV-positive men could spread virus to female partners

Scientists report that a new study of HIV-infected men in Uganda has identified a temporary, but potentially troublesome unintended consequence of the procedure: a possible increased risk of infecting female sexual partners while circumcision wounds heal. Data showed that among the 183 men not taking anti-retroviral drugs, less than 10 percent were shedding HIV before circumcision, but nearly 30 percent were shedding the virus two weeks after surgery. The percentages dropped sharply as the men's wounds healed, to less than three percent at six weeks and less than two percent at 12 weeks.

27 May 2015
Science Daily
Study: Give ARVs After Male Circumcision

Male circumcision has been proven to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. But a new study shows that in the short-term, the surgical technique could actually increase the risk of infection for female partners unless precautions are taken. The researchers therefore recommended that men be placed on antiretroviral therapy at the time of circumcision.

29 April 2015
Voice of America
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