Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision

Mission

To provide a framework for universal access for safe and sustainable Medical Male Circumcision services.

Vision

An HIV and AIDS- free society in Kenya.

What the Program does

Advocates for and offers safe and voluntary medical male circumcision with the main aim of preventing heterosexually acquired HIV infection. VMMC services are offered as a package with the minimum being HIV Testing and Counselling, Behavioural change communication, Reduction of risky behaviour, Condom promotion and distribution, Male circumcision performed as per “ The Clinical Manual for male circumcision under local anaesthesia. Clients who test HIV positive are also referred for care and treatment.

Partners involved

  • PEPFAR/CDC ,FHI, NRHS,IRDO,EDARP, APHIA II and APHIA Plus.

Achievements

  • World leader in providing male circumcision services for HIV prevention having done over 1.2 Million Mcs at the end of December 2015. The HIV testing rate for this number is 84% and this has helped in addressing the discrepancy that previously existed between male and female testing rates
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6580415133_58b3a52b05_bOver 33, 000 new HIV infections have been averted in the past eight years as a result of the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision.

Now the Health ministry says it will adopt the use of a non surgical device known as PrePex in the second phase of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme.

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6580415133_58b3a52b05_bThe Ministry of Health and the National AIDS and STI programme (NASCOP) on Tuesday launched the PrePex circumcision device which they say will address some of the barriers faced during the traditional rite of passage.

The device is said to have very low and mild side effects with medics stating that it is bloodless, faster and easier.

A study showed that providing the male circumcision devices as an alternative method to conventional circumcision would encourage many men to seek circumcision.

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6580415133_58b3a52b05_bAn Israeli-made, less painful and bloodless circumcision device was launched in Kenya during PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit.

PrePex uses a small plastic device to clip the foreskin. This stops blood flow causing the foreskin to die off over seven days. There is no bleeding and stitches are not needed.

The device will encourage more people to get circumcised, said National Aids and STI Programme (Nascop) head Martin Sirengo.

“Most men don’t get circumcised for fear of pain but the PrePex circumcision device is less painful and internationally meets the safety threshold,” Sirengo said during the launch in Nairobi on Tuesday.

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Kenya is set to introduce a new non-surgical male circumcision device to help curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, an official said on Tuesday.

Martin Sirengo, the head of National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Health Ministry, said PrePex procedure, a non-surgical, bloodless, fast and easier medical circumcision device, had been piloted in the country since 2015.

“The study has shown that PrePex male device meets the safety standards used internationally for such devices to pave way for its use in Kenya,” he said during the release of a report on the PrePex Male Circumcision Device in the country.

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