Photo Essay: Standing in Line for Voluntary Male Circumcision


Over the past decade there has been growing research that purports the long-held belief that Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) can drastically decrease the rates of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and urinary tract infections in low-and middle-income countries.

In Tanzania, for example, where these photos were taken at an IntraHealth International mobile clinic, HIV can be reduced by sixty percent leading to a AIDS-free generation. In December 2015, Africa celebrated 10 million VMMC procedures mostly concentrated in east and southern Africa.

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Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision mobile clinic in Tanzania’s Shinyanga region.
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Young boy waiting to be tested for HIV and to undergo VMMC, a 15 – 20 minute procedure.
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Men and boys over the age of 10 are eligible for VMMC. Information about the procedure and phamplets are provided for educational awareness.
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Two health workers trained by IntraHealth International discuss their work circumcizing men and boys at the mobile clinic.

Read more on the Huffington Post, Looking at Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in the Field.

Photos: Jennifer James

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