Category Archives: Circumcision

“Ending AIDS” will mean filling cracks and chasms of neglect, inequity and exclusion . . . We’re reading about HLM 2016 AIDS

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The United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS this week could give the impression by its name alone that, but for a few loose ends, the end of HIV as a global health threat is within grasp. But in numbers alone, with fewer than half the people living with HIV worldwide accessing the antiretroviral treatment […]

Study finds medical circumcision scale up reduces HIV incidence in the community

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The roll out of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs in highly affected areas not only reduces HIV/AIDS acquisition among heterosexual men, but also significantly reduces HIV levels in the community, according to a study by researchers from the University of Versailles published in PLOS Medicine this week.  The study also found that VMMC is […]

WHO okays medical circumcision device, and “PEPFAR is ready”

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An okay from the World Health Organization today for  a medical circumcision device as an alternative to conventional surgery “may change the landscape” of scaling up a proven HIV intervention, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator announced today, saying PEPFAR will provide immediate support to help countries evaluate the device for their settings. PrePex™, […]

Traditional leader: Circumcision preserves culture by saving lives

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To understand what Chief Mumena is doing, you have to understand first how strong the bonds of tradition have been to tribal culture. It passed from generation to generation without pen and paper, with ceremonies and stories holding it together. “People are custodians of their culture; that is why it has survived,” Chief Mumena says. […]

Medical Male Circumcision — A Personal Tale

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Angelo Kaggwa, a 29-year-old Ugandan and a program coordinator with AVAC, shared his personal experience with male circumcision with a packed audience comprised largely of Africans at an International AIDS Conference satellite symposium Monday night entitled, Call to Action for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention. “It took me eight years to do it […]

Global Fund countries respond to realities, make more of their money

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Facing uncertain future funding, countries receiving grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria have used what they know about their own epidemics to redirect money to programs where it will have its greatest impact, the latest edition of Aidspan’s Global Fund Observer reports. The Fund has encouraged the effort during renewal […]

Beginning to End the AIDS Epidemic: What’s the Research Agenda?

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Capitol Hill briefing highlights research agenda to end AIDS

The following is a guest blog post by Chris Collins, vice president and director of Public Policy at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC.

Looking back over three decades of AIDS, it’s hard to point to a better investment than research. Over the past three years, a string of HIV prevention research breakthroughs has put the ambitious goal of even talking about an end of AIDS within sight for the first time. With more strategic use of the tools we have today, we can bend the curve of new infections…

Evaluating a combination prevention intervention including ART in Botswana

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Vladimir Novitsky, from the Harvard School of Public Health, offered the audience at the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver a snapshot of a four-year treatment as prevention study planned for Botswana.  Botswana has the highest antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage rate in southern Africa with more than 90 percent of individuals with CD4 counts […]

Evidence grows: Global Fund financial slack and proposed cuts to PEPFAR are hurting progress against AIDS

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Report: Without continued support for PEPFAR, HIV’s long-term human and economic burdens will be substantially greater

The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) released a memorandum Friday that makes the case for continued funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program at least at fiscal year (FY) 2012 funding levels…

HIV incidence lowers as Medical Male Circumcision rates increase

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The following is a guest blog post by HIV Medicine Association Executive Director Andrea Weddle, who is live blogging from the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. HIV incidence among non-Muslim men has decreased with greater uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (MMC) in Uganda, according to data presented Tuesday at CROI. […]