Medical Male Circumcision: thinking through the impact for a feminised epidemic

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Nursing Update
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Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa
Marion Stevens of the Health Systems Trust focuses on the recent meetings and discussion around medical male circumcision.

There has been a lot of discussion and a lot of resource mobilisation (donors setting money aside) on medical male circumcision. This has been so given recent research findings and the desperate need to find 'something' to do to increase real results in the prevention, treatment and care, and support arena. However, concerns have been expressed about the real implications. The World Health Organization (WHO) held a meeting in Mombasa last month to discuss this issue and the Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition held a meeting prior to this to particularly focus on growing concerns regarding the impact of medical male circumcision on an epidemic in which women are mostly infected and affected. I include a background document and a consensus statement from the meeting.

KHUSELA Community Project Manager

Closing date: 20 August 2008

The Khusela Project is a PEPFAR funded, joint venture of three NGOs working with the Eastern Cape Department of Health to Improve Comprehensive PMTCT Services in the Eastern Cape through Support to Facilities and Communities. South Africa Partners is a US based organization that has been working in South Africa for 10 years.

SA has most living with HIV

South Africa has the largest number of HIV-positive people in the world with an estimated 5.7 million living with HIV in 2007. This is according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAids) 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic released yesterday which reported that almost 33 million people were now living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, with 25 million people having died of HIV-related causes since the beginning of the epidemic.

Circumcision gives men an excuse not to use condoms

There is a growing belief among men in Swaziland that circumcision provides complete protection against HIV, a perception that worries non-governmental organisations (NGOs) battling the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world.

Health Systems and Antiretroviral Access - Key findings and policy recommendations

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Centre for Health Systems Research & Development

The Centre for Health Systems Research & Development (University of the Free State), the Centre for Health Policy (University of the Witwatersrand) and the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit (University of Cape Town) organised this Round-table Conference on health systems aspects of antiretroviral access on 22 and 23 October in Bloemfontein.