THE Ministry of Health and Child Care introduced a non-surgical method of circumcision in the country, a move which was confirmed by the male circumcision co-coordinator Dr Sinokuthaba Xaba. The new method was aimed at increasing choices for men intending to undergo circumcision.
When one is being circumcised through this method, a ring is put on the penis around the unwanted foreskin.
This article aims at encouraging men to get circumcised especially highlighting on the advantages of the new non-surgical method.
Male circumcision is said to reduce the chances of contracting HIV virus by up to 60 percent, protects against penile cancer and reduces a risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.
More than 400,235 males have been circumcised against a 2017 target of 1.3 million men.
Prepex is a non-surgical circumcision device which uses rubber-bands. A plastic ring is inserted inside the foreskin and a rubber ring is placed on the outer foreskin, on top of the inner ring. The outer ring clamps on the inner ring stopping the flow of blood to that part of the foreskin that is to be removed. Within a week the foreskin dies from lack of oxygen and either falls off on its own or is easily cut off; no anesthesia or sutures are required.
It dries out the foreskin and after seven days the ring is removed together with the dry foreskin,the final result is the same because both methods result in complete circumcision.
The only added advantage is that the device can be available at clinic level where no surgical services are ordinarily available. There’s no bleeding with this method since the circumcision is gradual.
It therefore becomes a suitable method for those who are uncomfortable with seeing blood no matter how small.
According to a report availed by the World Health Organisation, Three randomized controlled clinical trials in Africa showed that male circumcision can reduce risk of HIV transmission among heterosexual men by as much as 60%. Public health leaders aim to circumcise 20 million men by 2015 in 14 nations in Sub-Saharan Africa; Africa has reached less than 5% of its goal with existing surgical methods.
This simple and scalable device was specifically developed to provide voluntary circumcision to men, ages 15 to 49, living in 14 priority nations in Sub-Saharan Africa where there are high rates of HIV transmission and limited healthcare infrastructure.