CDC's HIV Prevention Programs in South Africa:
Medical Male Circumcision
CDC South Africa (with USAID, Department of Defense and PEPFAR) is collaborating closely with the South African Government (SAG) to support its vision of using medical male circumcision (MMC) to help achieve a population-level reduction in new HIV infections by the 2015/2016 financial year. SAG estimates the country must reach 80 percent of eligible males, which translates to approximately 4.3 million MMCs in five years.
SAG has outlined a catch up strategy for MMC, which entails:
- building infrastructure and human resources for high quality, high volume MMC sites
- targeting men aged 15 - 49 years
- implementing MMC as part of a comprehensive package of male sexual and reproductive health services.
CDC South Africa is:
- assisting in strategic planning and the development of guidelines
- funding implementation partners in service delivery and other technical support, ranging from communications to training
- working with DOD to assist the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS) in launching an MMC program for their troops
- assisting the SAG to develop tools and systems to ensure that the scale up is adequately monitored and evaluated
PEPFAR has contributed more than 100,000 MMCs since initiating service delivery in 2010, and currently has more than 30 active or planned MMC sites in targeted locations with high HIV incidence and low existing rates of male circumcision.