World Health Organization approves Israeli-developed circumcision device

The PrePex, an Israeli-developed non-surgical tool, is the only circumcision method, aside from conventional surgery, to gain WHO approval to date.

By JTA

 

The World Health Organization approved an Israeli-developed non-surgical circumcision device that could soon be used throughout Africa to help control AIDS.

The PrePex is the only circumcision method, aside from conventional surgery, to gain World Health Organization approval to date

The PrePex is the only circumcision method, aside from conventional surgery, to gain World Health Organization approval to date.

WHO on Friday approved PrePex, a disposable and easy-to-use device made up of rubber bands, that obviates the need for anesthesia, stitches or a sterile setting, the New York Times reported.

The foreskin dies of lack of oxygen and either falls off on its own or is easily cut off, according to reports.

PrePex is the only adult circumcision method, besides conventional surgery, to gain W.H.O. acceptance, according to the Times.

The device, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 and certified by the European Union for use by adult men, was developed by the Israeli startup company Circ MedTech.

Being circumcised lowers the chance of a heterosexual man getting infected with AIDS by about 60 percent, according to the Times.

 

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