Male Circumcision: Policy & Programming

August 15, 2017

Purpose: The evidence is compelling – male circumcision (MC) reduces female-to-male transmission of HIV by approximately 60%. MC provides additional "back-up" protection to methods such as abstinence, being faithful/partner reduction, and using condoms.

The purpose of this course is to provide health policy makers and program managers with an overview of scientific evidence of MC's protective effect against HIV transmission, to examine the acceptability and safety of MC, to consider challenges to MC program implementation, and to provide policy and program guidance.

This course focuses on public health issues with a brief overview of surgical techniques. It concentrates on the delivery of medical MC services to adult/adolescent populations in settings with high HIV prevalence and low MC prevalence.

Neonatal MC will be discussed in a separate course.

Objectives: After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define MC, describe its practice and prevalence, and recognize the association between MC and HIV prevalence
  • Cite evidence from three randomized controlled trials that shows that MC is effective in preventing female-to-male HIV transmission; cite epidemiological, ecological, and biological evidence that substantiates MC’s protective effect against HIV
  • Name other important MC benefits for men and for women
  • Explain why MC is a cost-effective and cost-saving intervention, especially in countries where MC prevalence is low and HIV prevalence is high.
  • Discuss MC acceptability, attributes of three adult/adolescent MC surgical techniques, and desired functions and features of MC devices under investigation
  • Discuss quality assurance, safety, training, surgical efficiencies, and commodities and supply chain management
  • Discuss communication strategies and challenges including demand creation, balancing supply with demand, community mobilization, and counseling
  • Recognize gender issues associated with MC for HIV prevention and discuss their implications
  • Discuss service delivery challenges and opportunities when implementing MC at scale in low-resource settings
  • Access key MC for HIV prevention resources

Time: Approximately 3 hours

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