Male Circumcision

Clinical trials in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa have shown male circumcision can reduce the risk of female-to-male sexual transmission of HIV by up to 60%. Inspired by these findings, PSI now seeks to provide high quality, cost effective male circumcision services (including counseling) to priority groups, with an eye to achieving rapid scale up.

PSI and its partners are working to create informed demand for male circumcision and to increase access to safe male circumcision services for adolescents and men. Communication also targets women and community leaders, which helps to create a supportive environment for the introduction of circumcision, promote healthy social norms around the procedure and post-operative sexual behaviors, and encourage individual behavior change.

Since 2007, PSI and its partners have developed and launched MC service delivery, communications and advocacy initiatives in Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. PSI’s work in these countries includes: managing high-quality, efficiency models to delivery MC services at public and private health centers; developing and implementing communication strategies and materials to create informed demand; providing client-centered HIV and MC counseling services to reduce post-procedure risk compensation; and developing and delivering MC kits to streamline procurement and reduce the risk of procedure-related infections.

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