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WHO Approves PrePex Adult Circumcision Device; PEPFAR to Support Countries' Use of It for HIV Prevention

June 3, 2013

The WHO on Friday approved PrePex, a medical device for adult circumcision, and "the only adult circumcision method, other than conventional surgery, to gain WHO acceptance," the New York Times reports (McNeil, 5/31). "PrePex, a three-part device that includes size-adjusted rubber bands and a ring to compress blood flow to the foreskin, ... does not require injected anesthetic, sutures, or a sterile environment, and takes a total of five minutes across two visits," the Center for Global Health Policy's "Science Speaks" blog reports (Barton, 5/31). In a statement on the device's approval, the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) said, "Medical devices like PrePex¬ô may change the landscape of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) scale-up by potentially simplifying the procedure and improving men's experiences."

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