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HIV battle: Uganda tests out rubber band circumcision

Published on Jun 17, 2014 11:34 AM
A non-surgical circumcision device called Prepex. -- PHOTO: AFP

KAMPALA (AFP) - With trousers around his ankles, Mr Justin Igalla awaits a tight rubber band for his foreskin, an innovative non-surgical technique rolling out in several African nations to encourage circumcision and cut HIV infection rates.

The simple device - two plastic rings and an elastic band - cuts off blood supply to the foreskin, which then shrivels and is removed with the band after a week.

"I felt nothing, not even a little discomfort," Mr Igalla said after a procedure taking just minutes, noting there was no blood - unlike traditional circumcision where the foreskin is sliced off by knife - thus reducing the risk of infection.

Mr Igalla, a father of two, said he opted to have his foreskin taken off for "health reasons".

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