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HIV/AIDS

01 August 2011

Adult male circumcision - new developments

Medical male circumcision has been a World Health Organisation (WHO)-endorsed HIV prevention method for more than four years.

Medical male circumcision has been a World Health Organisation (WHO)-endorsed HIV prevention method for more than four years, with most countries still using relatively expensive surgical procedures that require anaesthetic, at least a couple of health workers and a six-week healing period. However, several new devices could revolutionise the amount of time, labour and money involved, enabling countries to rapidly scale up their programmes.

The Shang Ring - Developed in China, the Shang Ring comprises an inner and outer ring; the foreskin is placed between them and cut off, leaving the glans exposed during the seven-day healing period, after which the device is removed.

 

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