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Scaling up voluntary male circumcision for HIV prevention

Download this publicationTo help reduce HIV prevalence in the nine districts of East Central Uganda, the USAID-funded Strengthening Tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS Responses in East Central Uganda (STAR-EC) project rapidly scaled up provision of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) at health facilities and mobile outreach clinics. A safe, one-time operation, medical male circumcision can reduce the risk of HIV transmission by up to 60%. The program targeted populations most-at-risk for sexual transmission of HIV and implemented targeted VMMC promotion and services to increase demand and access. As of 2015, more than 408,000 men have been circumcised through STAR-EC support, and the proportion of circumcised men in the region has increased from 37% to 57%. JSI/STAR-EC, 2015

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