Circumcision by rubber band? Uganda tries it
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
With trousers around his ankles, 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,” Igalla said after a procedure that took only minutes. He noted that there was no blood – unlike traditional circumcision where the foreskin is sliced off by knife – thus reducing the risk of infection.
Igalla, a father of two, said he opted to have his foreskin taken off for “health reasons”.
Scientists have found that male circumcision can significantly reduce the chances of HIV infection because the foreskin has a higher concentration of HIV-receptors than the rest of the penis and is prone to tears during intercourse, providing HIV an entry point.
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