Circumcision for AIDS prevention is increasing rapidly in eastern and southern Africa, according to newly released figures. Unaids, the United Nations agency fighting the disease, said about 3.2 million African men had been voluntarily circumcised since word began spreading in 2007 of studies showing that it lowered the risk of infection by about 60 percent.
Rwanda’s Ministry of Health announced a major nationwide expansion of non-surgical adult male circumcisions as part of its strategies to reduce HIV/AIDS infections. A device called a PrePex was recently cleared for use. It will enable up to 700,000 men between the ages of 15 and 49 to be circumcised across the country.
Medical experts recommend voluntary medical male circumcision as an additional strategy for HIV prevention. A new device may make achieving that goal easier in some African nations. As activists and educators worldwide prepare to mark the 25th observance of World AIDS Day on Dec.1, efforts to curtail the spread of HIV infection in parts of Africa include scaling up efforts to promote voluntary circumcision among adult males.
Rwanda says it has become the first country to launch a nationwide campaign to “non-surgically” circumcise 700,000 men in an attempt to cut rates of HIV infection. The health ministry said circumcision was a crucial part of its strategy for achieving an Aids-free generation in Rwanda, where the adult HIV rate of 2.9% is already among the lowest in Africa.
National In Summary How it works. The device is placed on the male genitals and it cuts off blood supply to the foreskin, making it fall off within a week. The Ministry of Health has endorsed the PrePex method of circumcision which does not involve surgical procedure.
A nonsurgical circumcision device that relies on a rubber band was approved by the World Health Organization on Friday, opening the way for its widespread use in Africa. The device, known as PrePex, is the only adult circumcision method, other than conventional surgery, to gain W.H.O. acceptance. Dr. Eric P.
The health department plans to have “formal talks” with traditional leaders about the possibility of introducing a new nonsurgical device to circumcision ceremonies, according to national HIV director Thobile Mbengashe.
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A non-surgial circumcision device has been approved by the World Health Organization. By Nyasia Draper | Jun 03, 2013 01:43 PM EDT A non-surgial circumcision device has been approved by the World Health Organization according to Fox News.
First non-surgical circumcision device could slow spread of AIDS in Africa, officials say | Fox News
Health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind, non-surgical circumcision device hailed as a potential game-changer in the battle to forestall the spread of AIDS in Africa. The PrePex is the only circumcision method, aside from conventional surgery, to gain World Health Organization approval to date, according to The New York Times.
UNAIDS welcomes pre-qualification by WHO of first non-surgical device for adult male circumcision in HIV prevention efforts
GENEVA, 7 June 2013- The Joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes the recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that for the first time a non-surgical device (PrePex™) has been pre-qualified for the purpose of adult male circumcision for HIV prevention.
Statement by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) on World Health Organization Prequalification of First Medical Device for Adult Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
Statement by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) on World Health Organization Prequalification of First Medical Device for Adult Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Today, PrePex™ became the first medical device for adult male circumcision to receive World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification as an alternative to the conventional surgical circumcision methods already recognized by WHO.
Two plastic rings, a rubber band, and a thread. PrePex, the new nonsurgical circumcision tool experts believe could revolutionize the prevention of H.I.V. and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, is easier to assemble than a toy you might find in a Happy Meal.
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The PrePex Device Is Unlikely to Achieve Cost-Savings Compared to the Forceps-Guided Method in Male Circumcision Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa
Background Male circumcision (MC) reduces the risk of heterosexual HIV acquisition in men by approximately 60%. MC programs for HIV prevention are currently being scaled-up in fourteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The current standard surgical technique for MC in many sub-Saharan African countries is the forceps-guided male circumcision (FGMC) method.
Painless male circumcision could become a reality in the near future if pilot studies on a new device being carried out are successful.