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PREPEX CIRCUMCISION BEAR POSITIVE RESULTS

The Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) programme in Botswana has been in existence since 2009. Prepex Circumcision is a new method of safe male circumcision. It is an add-on strategy to reducing and preventing HIV and AIDS.

In this regard SMC recently hosted a two day event to give an update on Prepex Implementation programme in Botswana. The Prepex devices are manufactured in Israel and have so far been rolled out in 12 countries in Africa. The delegation also met with the manufacturer’s of the prepex device. The SMC National Coordinator Mr Conrad Ntsuape said Prepex Circumcision is a simple procedure that uses one rigid ring on the inside and an elastic one on the outside to cause ischemic necrosis of the foreskin. The dry foreskin and both rings are then removed in 5-7 days. Before the-procedure, men receive detailed information and counseling.

The two day event ended with Prepex Device Implementation site visits of Bontleng clinic, Nkoyaphiri clinic and Scottish Livingsstone Hospital. The Administrator for Surgical and Prepex procedures at Scottish Livingstone Hospital Mr Diswai said that clients now have a choice between surgical method and prepex method. He said that the prepex method is now getting popular with the locals. “We get positive feedback from the community, it is a start but it is promising” he said. The prepex method has proven to be a hit among the man as it does not require injectable anaesthesia and no cutting of vital tissue as compared to the surgical method. SLH has partnered with a local construction company Estate Construction Pty (Ltd) to sensitise the public on Prepex method. Mr Masie who works for the construction company said in an interview that he is happy that he did the procedure. He said that the procedure was simple and painless as he was able to go back to work immediately after the insertion. Safety Health Officer for the same construction company said he recommends the method to other men as it is painless and the wound heals quickly.

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