Zimbabwe health ministry to test non-surgical circumcision device

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Welfare is to run trials on a non-surgical circumcision device, which requires no anaesthesia injection.

The device known as Prepex is reported not to cause bleeding and result in a less painful experience for men.

A ministry spokesperson said it is inviting men over the age of 18 to join the Prepex trails. The trials will be conducted at the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) Spilhaus Male Circumcision Clinic inside the Harare Hospital complex throughout the week (16-20 April, 2012).

The trials are being conducted in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research Project (ZICHIRE). ZICHIRE is a project of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Department of Community Medicine.


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    Hugh7 6 years

    The PrePex is an elastic ring that crushes the foreskin into grooved plastic ring, causing it to die and drop off. Non-surgical it may be, but there are worse things than surgery. Here in New Zealand, we have been using a similar device on sheep for decades, but not on their foreskins. It’s called the Elastrator.

    In Zimbabwe in 2005, USAID found 14.2% of non-circumcised men had HIV compared to 16.6% of circumcised men. (Similar differencess apply in 10 of 18 countries for which it has figures.) Shouldn’t this at least be explained before blundering on with mass circumcision programmes? Clearly what seemed to work in clinical trials does not necessarily work in the real world. One reason could be here: http://tinyurl.com/7deqtap The experimenters did not correct nearly well enough for non-sexual transmission, especially through contaminated surgical instruments.

    The much-touted “60% HIV reduction” figure only applies to female-to-male transmission – if any. A study in Uganda started to find that circumcising men INcreases the risk to women (who are already at greater risk), but they stopped the study for no good reason before that could be confirmed.