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US$18.5 million grant makes male circumcision a top-tier HIV prevention strategy
Date:11/24/2008

nal, who is senior manager of the Male Circumcision Consortium in Kenya. "This initiative advances the Government of Kenya's national strategic plan to reduce transmission of HIV in Kenya," he adds. "It will generate knowledge that the government can use to implement its national guidance for voluntary male circumcision in Kenya and will likely influence voluntary adult male circumcision programs worldwide."

Clinical trials of adult male circumcision conducted in Kenya and Uganda showed that medically performed circumcision reduces the risk of acquiring HIV by approximately half. A similar trial in South Africa showed a 61 percent reduction in HIV infection among circumcised men.

"This pivotal research has led authorities in eastern and southern Africa to initiate support for widespread provision of circumcision services," says Robert Bailey, professor of epidemiology at the UIC School of Public Health. Bailey was the lead researcher of the Kenyan study and is a lead researcher for the Male Circumcision Consortium.

After reviewing the results of the three circumcision trials, experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) concluded that the evidence that male circumcision provides partial protection against HIV infection was compelling. They recommended that safe and voluntary male circumcision be considered part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy. The Consortium's partners have worked closely with WHO to ensure that the Consortium's objectives support the WHO/UNAIDS recommendations, and that its activities complement the global health community's efforts to reduce the number of new HIV infections by increasing the number of circumcised men.

The Male Circumcision Consortium's objectives are to:

  • Support the Government of Kenya and other local partners in developing and implementing a national male circumcision strategy.
  • Expand a male
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Contact: Beth Robinson
brobinson@fhi.org
919-768-2204
Family Health International
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