PrePex can Create Incremental Demand Among Men for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Programs – Considerably More than any Other MC Method
PrePexTM, the world's only non-surgical male circumcision device, was featured in a supplement titled "Innovation in Public Health: Devices for Voluntary Medical male Circumcision" published this week in JAIDS (Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes).
In the supplement, a population-based survey that measured the willingness of men to undergo male circumcision (MC) in Zambia and Zimbabwe found that the PrePex device has the potential to create an overall incremental increase in demandfor MC by up to 50% over that of surgical MC.
The authors concluded that "PrePex may provide the greatest potential increase in demand", surpassing all other devices and methods included in the study.
The survey was conducted among 1,250 uncircumcised Zambian men, aged 10–49 and 1,000 uncircumcised Zimbabwean men aged 13–49. The Simulated Test Market methodology was used to estimate incremental MC demand and the extent to which devices may be preferred over surgery.
Male Circumcision devices are becoming available in 14 priority countries where MC is being implemented for HIV prevention. Understanding the potential impact on demand for services is one important programmatic consideration and will assist countries in determining use of circumcision devices in their VMMC scale-up programs.
To date, more than 170,000 PrePex procedures have been conducted in 12 countries in Africa and Asia - with a remarkable 9% satisfaction rate among men.
PrePex at the AIDS 2016 Conference, Durban, South Africa
PrePex will be exhibiting at the AIDS 2016 Conference, 18-22 July, in Durban South Africa.
We look forward to seeing you there!