Research Highlights Progress in HIV Prevention

PEPFAR, USAID and CDC among others, release research studies which show that VMMC can prevent new HIV infections

United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others, has released research studies which provide evidence that safe, high quality voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services performed by trained healthcare professionals in low resource settings can be implemented and sustained at scale and have the potential to significantly prevent new HIV infections in adolescent and adult men.

The research studies, which focus on five African countries, point out that providing VMMC services offers a unique opportunity to reach men as never before, and often for the first time in their lives, with critical sexual and reproductive health services and to link them with HIV care and treatment when necessary.

PEPFAR, as of the end of 2013, has supported countries in eastern and Southern Africa to perform more than 4.7 million VMMC services for HIV prevention.
To read the article titled, “New research highlights progress in HIV prevention in Eastern and Southern Africa,” click here.

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