Category Archives: Circumcision

What ever happened to the AIDS vaccine?

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The following is a guest blog post by Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC – Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention. Recent news about HIV/AIDS has focused on the good – promising trial results that prove the same antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used to treat HIV can also prevent HIV infections; and the bad – retreats in […]

PopART study to test impact of combo HIV prevention strategy

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Professor Richard Hayes of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LHSTM) will lead a team of researchers in a $37 million project – entitled PopART – to test innovative combination strategies to prevent HIV in African countries. That’s according to a press release from LSHTM last week that announced the joint effort to […]

Male circumcision curbs spread of HIV over time, risky behavior does not increase

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Three years after the voluntary medical male circumcision (MC) campaign rolled out in the Orange Farm Township in South Africa, the first “real world” results are available showing a marked reduction of HIV acquisition among circumcised adult men and a drop in HIV incidence among men in the community of 76 percent, and prevalence among circumcised men 55 percent lower.

Earlier randomized controlled studies have show medical male circumcision to reduce the risk of men acquiring HIV through vaginal sex by up to 60 percent…

Africa’s male circumcision programs exceed targets, grow more efficient

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The leader in the medical male circumcision (MMC) campaigns underway in sub-Saharan Africa by far, Kenya has successfully serviced 290,000 men and adolescents in the past 2.9 years. This update came from Dr. Peter Cherutich from the National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Control Program in Kenya, at a satellite session entitled “The Cutting Edge: What’s New in Male Circumcision,” Sunday evening preceding the 2011 International AIDS Meeting in Rome…

“In it to save lives”

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To the sound of a ticking metronome, Dr. Caroline Ryan of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator gave an update on the scale up of voluntary medical male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa Wednesday morning at the premiere of the new short film “In It to Save Lives: Scaling Up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention for Maximum Public Health Impact.”

The metronome was timed to tick once for each of the five new HIV infections that occur every minute worldwide, 3.5 of which occur in sub-Saharan Africa…

CDC’s DeCock: We need coordinated research agenda for HIV/AIDS

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Kevin M. DeCock, MD, is director of the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based in Atlanta. Among his past positions are Director of CDC Kenya and Director of the World Health Organization’s Department of HIV/AIDS.  John Donnelly talked with Dr. DeCock Thursday about the large numbers of […]

Male circumcision outreach spurs treatment demand in Kenya

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Dr. Nicholas Muraguri is head of Kenya’s National AIDS/STI Control Programme. He spoke with John Donnelly about the scope of the country’s male circumcision outreach plan (170,000 Kenyan males were circumcised last year), the lessons learned, and a problem he sees ahead: funding not keeping up with increased demand for treatment, spurred in part by the circumcision outreach program. This is the final post in a series of interviews on male circumcision (MC), which has been proven to protect a man by up to 60 percent from contracting HIV during vaginal sex.

Swaziland embarks on ambitious plan to circumcise 80 percent of men 18 to 49 this year

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Much attention has been paid to the launch of an aggressive medical male circumcision (MC) campaign in Swaziland that starts this month, a program aiming to circumcise 80 percent of the small nation’s men aged 18-49 by the year’s end with significant support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. In […]

Tanzania Ministry of Health rep describes effort to circumcise 2.8 million men

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Dr. Bennet Fimbo is the head of the Tanzania MC Technical Working Group and MC Program lead at the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. His interview is the fourth in a week-long series on the potential impact of medical male circumcision (MC) in the fight against AIDS on Science Speaks. Meredith Mazzotta spoke with him regarding the current campaign […]

African journalist Gondwe reflects on reporting on his own circumcision

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Kennedy Gondwe, 31, a freelance journalist based in Lusaka, Zambia, reports for the BBC and CNN among other outlets. One of his stories for BBC in 2007 itself drew wide coverage: He reported on his own circumcision as a way to show his audience the importance of the surgery, which provides a significant yet partial […]