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New Funding for South African Grants Will Target Key Populations

According to the GAC, the new funding will target the following key populations: (a) low socio-economic populations; (b) victims of gender based violence; (c) sex workers; (d) men who have sex with men, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and intersex; (e) prisoners; (f) people living with MDR-TB; (g) miners and adjoining communities; (h) uncircumcised men; and (i) youth.

22 September 2013
Global Fund Observer
UNITAID launches first-ever comprehensive report on HIV prevention products

The rate of new HIV infections in adults and adolescents has not fallen since 2007 but an unprecedented range of new products to prevent transmission of the disease could reduce the 2.5 million new HIV infections each year if they are made affordable, according to a report released today by UNITAID.

27 August 2013
PEPFAR Commits $11.4M for Circumcision in Zambia

Officials are working with chiefs and traditional leaders to implement the procedure widely.

16 August 2013
Zambia Daily Mail
It’s either one, or the other: South African media coverage doesn’t integrate MMC, PrePex & initiation

A casual survey of ‘circumcision season’ coverage reveals that the media is still struggling to bridge the divide between medical male circumcision (MMC), traditional male circumcision (TMC) and the initiation ritual. the media seems loathe to make the connection between sky-rocketing initiate casualties and the role that MMC and the PrePex device could play in helping to make initiation safer.

17 July 2013
Planning for non-surgical male circumcision

In May, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced the prequalification of PrePex, the first non-surgical device for adult male circumcision. A number of African countries are lagging behind on their circumcision targets, set as part of efforts to curb the transmission of HIV, and feel the PrePex device will give their programmes a much-needed boost, while others are more cautious.

08 July 2013
IRIN Africa
WHO approval of adult male circumcision device: UNITAID calls for more affordable products

UNITAID welcomes the World Health Organization’s (WHO) approval for the first time of a non-surgical adult male circumcision device that can be used to help the prevention of HIV transmission, but warns that more market competition is needed to make these easy-to-produce tools affordable for supply to the world’s poorest. 

07 June 2013
UNITAID press release
Statement on World Health Organization prequalification of first medical device for adult voluntary medical male circumcision (PrePex)

Today, PrePex™ became the first medical device for adult male circumcision to receive World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification as an alternative to the conventional surgical circumcision methods already recognized by WHO.  Medical devices like PrePex™ may change the landscape of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) scale-up by potentially simplifying the procedure and improving men’s experiences.

03 June 2013
Circumcision plans go awry in Swaziland

It was an ambitious plan to circumcise the majority of men in Swaziland, an effort to reduce the risk of HIV transmission in a country with the world's highest HIV prevalence. How could it have gone wrong?

15 May 2013
IRIN Plus News
Circumcision study supports HIV theory

A new study offers support for the theory that removing the foreskin deprives troublesome bacteria of a place to live, leaving the immune system in much better shape to keep the human immunodeficiency virus at bay.

16 April 2013
Los Angeles Times
Macrophages allow entry of HIV in the urethra

Having suggested in 2011 that the urethra is a novel entry site for HIV, a team from the Institut Cochin has now confirmed this hypothesis and identified the cells and mechanisms brought into play: the immune system cells macrophages, present in the epithelium of the urethra, allow the entry of HIV.

04 March 2013

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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