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Commentary & Opinion

Male Circumcision a "Staggeringly Under-Utilized Tool"

March 21, 2013

"PrePex, the new nonsurgical circumcision tool experts believe could revolutionize the prevention of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, is easier to assemble than a toy you might find in a Happy Meal," freelance journalist Patrick Adams writes in the New York Times' "Opinionator" blog. "Recent studies in Rwanda indicate that the device, which induces necrosis of the foreskin by blocking its blood flow, can be used to cheaply, quickly and safely circumcise adult men in resource-limited settings -- places where surgeons are scarce and where, five years after circumcision's protective efficacy was first proved, millions of men are still in need of the procedure," he writes. "Since 2007, health authorities have known that circumcising adult men reduces their risk of acquiring HIV through heterosexual intercourse by 60 percent or more," he states, noting, "That landmark finding, firmly established by dozens of observational studies and three randomized controlled trials in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya, has made male circumcision the most promising method of prevention in the anti-AIDS arsenal."

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