Voluntary medical male circumcision is rapidly becoming one of the most important science-based strategies for preventing HIV in eastern and southern Africa. Nearly 6 million men and boys have chosen the procedure—three-quarters in the past two years. Countries have demonstrated the feasibility of reaching large numbers of men by building public trust and expanding medical capacity.
22. Fact Sheets
Scale-Up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Africa - Update on Priority Countries (July 2014)
The remarkable expansion to nearly 9.1 million voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMC) performed for HIV prevention through 2014 in priority countries of East and Southern Africa shows the feasibility of scaling up this intervention. Among the 9.1 million, more than 3 million were performed in 2014 alone. Sufficient resources to reach at least 80% VMMC coverage must be available for this one-time, long-term efficacious intervention for both individual and public health HIV prevention, while preparing for VMMC sustainability within broader prevention programming.
On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030: Focus on location and population.
Within the pages of the World AIDS Day report, are more than 50 examples of how countries are getting on the Fast-Track. It shows how governments are working with community groups and international partners to scale up health and social services that put people at the centre and located where they can do more people more good.
> Twenty-seven million additional men in high-prevalence settings are voluntarily medically circumcised as part of integrated sexual and reproductive health services for men.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released an update on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC). Nearly 11.7 million cumulative VMMCs were performed through 2015 in the 14 priority countries, and 2.2 million were carried out in 2015 alone. South Africa has achieved 54% progress towards 2011 targets.