Voluntary medical male circumcision may cost-effectively prevent HIV in Zimbabwe

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) could impact Zimbabwe’s HIV epidemic in the coming years, and this investment may save costs in the longer term. These findings were reported by Jessica McGillen of Imperial College London and colleagues on July 18th in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

Zimbabwe adopted VMMC as a priority HIV prevention strategy in 2007 and began implementation in 2009. Clinical trials have shown that this approach reduces the risk of HIV transmission and provides lifelong protection. Alongside other measures to prevent HIV infection, VMMC is recommended by the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS. Read more

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