Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

In Tanzania, medical circumcision services rely on a predominantly female nursing workforce

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The following is a guest post from IntraHealth International. By Mkama Mwijarubi In November 2010, Tanzania embarked on a nationwide campaign to scale up medical circumcision — which can decrease a man’s risk of HIV infection by up to 60 percent — in regions where men traditionally do not undergo it. Hundreds of nurses were […]

ShangRing: WHO approval of second nonsurgical circumcision device sets stage for accelerated access to HIV prevention measure

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Latest device approved for use on adolescents, broadening scope of low-cost intervention Call it “VMMC,” for voluntary medical male circumcision, or the current, and more concise “MC” for medical circumcision, by any name, removing men’s foreskins has been proven to lower their risks of acquiring HIV through vaginal sexual intercourse by as much as 60 […]

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™, […]

Reports track current progress, pitfalls, funding and gaps of AIDS fight

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On the eve of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s release of the first United States global AIDS response strategy, two reports released in recent days give a look not only of the progress so far, but of the shortfalls the new plan must address. Achieving the End, One Year and Counting, from AVAC, looks at the scientific […]