Health experts give male circumcision tool a clean bill of health

Kenya’s health experts have approved the PrePex, a new male circumcision tool.
  The Male Circumcision Consortium (MCC) in partnership with the National AIDS/STI Control Programme (NASCOP) and the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) have approved the device after a study following concerns over its safety. PrePex could even be included in the national health programmes.

   "Our study will provide the information that the ministry of health needs to decide whether to add PrePex to the national programme on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC)," NASCOP deputy head and head of HIV prevention, Peter Cherutich, a co-investigator for the study, said in Kisumu on May 22.
   The main objective of the study was to assess the safety of PrePex procedure by measuring rates of complications and side effects and comparing them to the rates seen with the conventional surgery.
   Several PrePex studies have been conducted in Rwanda, including a randomized controlled trial that documented the safety of the procedure.
   A randomized trial has also been completed in Zimbabwe, but the results are yet to be published.
   The World Health Organization's Technical Advisory Group on Innovations in Male Circumcision has endorsed the use of PrePex only in Rwanda based on results of the studies there. (Xinhua)