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Journal Article
4 December 2017

Modeling the impact of Uganda’s safe male circumcision program: implications for age and regional targeting

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Uganda aims to provide safe male circumcision (SMC) to 80% of men ages 15–49 by 2016. To date, only 2 million men have received SMC of the 4.2 million men required. In response to age and regional trends in SMC uptake, the country sought to re-examine its targets with respect to age and subnational region, to assess the program’s progress, and to refine the implementation approach.

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Journal Article
4 December 2017

Voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention in Swaziland: modeling the impact of age targeting

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Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention has been a priority for Swaziland since 2009. Initially focusing on men ages 15–49, the Ministry of Health reduced the minimum age for VMMC from 15 to 10 years in 2012, given the existing demand among 10- to 15-year-olds. To understand the implications of focusing VMMC service delivery on specific age groups, the MOH undertook a modeling exercise to inform policy and implementation in 2013–2014.

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Journal Article
4 December 2017

Voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention in Malawi: modeling the impact and cost of focusing the program by client age and geography

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In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended scaling up voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in priority countries with high HIV prevalence and low male circumcision (MC) prevalence. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), an estimated 5.8 million males had undergone VMMC by the end of 2013. Implementation experience has raised questions about the need to refocus VMMC programs on specific subpopulations for the greatest epidemiological impact and programmatic effectiveness. As Malawi prepared its national operational plan for VMMC, it sought to examine the impacts of focusing on specific subpopulations by age and region.

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Journal Article
4 December 2017

Cost and impact of voluntary medical male circumcision in South Africa: focusing the program on specific age groups and provinces

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In 2012, South Africa set a goal of circumcising 4.3 million men ages 15–49 by 2016. By the end of March 2014, 1.9 million men had received voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). In an effort to accelerate progress, South Africa undertook a modeling exercise to determine whether circumcising specific client age groups or geographic locations would be particularly impactful or cost-effective. Results will inform South Africa’s efforts to develop a national strategy and operational plan for VMMC.

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Journal Article
16 August 2018

Assessing progress, impact, and next steps in rolling out voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention in 14 priority countries in Eastern and Southern Africa through 2014

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In 2007, the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) identified 14 priority countries across eastern and southern Africa for scaling up voluntary medical male circumcision services. Several years into this effort, the authors reflect on progress.

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Workshop Brief
9 January 2018

Strengthening capacity in HIV operations research: reflections on a Project SOAR workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Capacity strengthening to support rigorous scientific research is a globally recognized need and central to Project SOAR. Over a four-day period, SOAR conducted a capacity strengthening workshop to strengthen individual and institutional capacity in HIV operations research, with a particular emphasis on the research utilization process. This brief summarizes the capacity strengthening activities conducted, insights from the workshop’s organization, and participants’ views of the workshop.

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Journal Article
3 December 2017

Youth engagement in developing an implementation science research agenda on adolescent HIV testing and care linkages in sub-Saharan Africa

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Adolescents are not often included in HIV implementation science research and have not had opportunities to contribute to the development of HIV-related research agendas. Project SOAR involved youth living with HIV in a meeting to develop a strategic implementation science research agenda to improve adolescent HIV care continuum outcomes, including HIV testing and counseling and linkage to care. Published in AIDS, this article presents the process of involving youth, how they shaped the course of discussions, and the resulting priority research gaps identified at the meeting.

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Activity Brief
3 April 2018

Updating the People Living with HIV Stigma Index

Describes the transparent process a small working group of stakeholders followed for updating and evaluating the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, incorporating as many perspectives as possible in the process.

 

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