Male circumcision: the message is catching on, but scale-up poses monitoring and follow-up problems

Gus Cairns

Programmes offering voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as part of HIV prevention are now starting to expand in a number countries in sub-Saharan Africa, delegates at the recent 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013)heard.

Two presentations from Zambia found that one-in-five previously uncircumcised men aged 15 to 49 have undergone the operation in the last two years, and community norms about being circumcised are changing significantly.  

Other studies explored some of the difficulties encountered in the push to scale up circumcision. A study from South Africa found that in the race to scale up, while VMMC is still being performed safely, the reporting of adverse events has deteriorated markedly.

July 23, 2013
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VMMC, HIV prevention, IAS 2013

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