Four New Smaller PrePex Sizes - Granted WHO Prequalification
As the world marked International Youth Day on August 12, an important announcement was received at Circ MedTech headquarters that will enable millions of young people to reduce their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has prequalified the use of four additional sizes of the PrePex device - suitable for adolescents. The additional sizes, will significantly extend the reach of the male population eligible for a PrePex procedure and support the scale-up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Programs in Africa.
According to the International AIDS Society, there is still an immense gap when it comes to addressing the needs of young people regarding the HIV epidemic. With 35% of all new HIV infections around the world occurring among young people aged between 15 and 24 years, more needs to be done to stop the spread of HIV among adolescents.
The additional PrePex sizes will accommodate the needs of adolescents for a safe, non - surgical male circumcision. This will help in increasing demand for VMMC and reaching the UNAIDS target of circumcising 27 Million men in Africa - faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.
Circ MedTech continues to work tirelessly to ensure the sustainability of the VMMC programs in Africa - with new devices underway for infants and children. The company has recently received the CE Mark for use of its PrePex Infants and Children devices which are based on the existing PrePex technology, thus extending the range of safe male circumcision services to all ages, worldwide.
Clinical studies on the newly-developed device sizes for Infants and Children have resulted in positive outcomes for the male recipients. A PrePex procedure for infants and children requires only one clinic visit, since the device and dried foreskin tissue detach naturally after a few days. Using the new PrePex device sizes will therefore significantly improve the circumcision experience for the recipients and their parents, while saving precious time and financial resources for the healthcare system.
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