As a guy, when we hear the word circumcision we cringe. We start to picture sharp knifes and long needles. Well now are nightmares can be put to rest. Due to studies showing that circumcising adult men is one of the most effective “vaccines” against AIDS, reducing the chances of infection up to 60 percent. Health experts are trying to find new ways to make the process faster, cheaper and safer.
Circumcision is believed to protect men because the foreskin has Langerhans cells. Langerhans cells are the part of the immune system and alert the body when a virus is entering the immune system. Because of this Langerhans cells are the first to be attacked by HIV’s.
A normal circumcision is a small operation in which a surgeon gives the patient anesthesia and then removes the foreskin of the penis. But one of the new ways circumcisions can be done is with a rubber band.
The new product is called PrePex. It uses a rubber band against a plastic ring to crush the foreskin cutting off the blood flow. Within a few hours the foreskin dies and, after a week will fall off or be clipped off. Tests have shown that patients felt little to no pain. On a scale from 1 to 10 most said 1 while the ring was placed and 3 when it was taken off.
This will help reach the goal in Africa to circumcise 20 million men by 2015. Which is no small feet. So far only 600,000 men have had the operation. With this new method of circumcision it will reduce the amount time spent on each patient and increase the amount they can do each day. This is one step closer to AIDS/HIV prevention in Africa and around the world.
For more information, please visit the original NY Times article: here.