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ShangRing Circumcision Ring

ShangRing Circumcision Ring

ShangRing circumcision tool could become the new weapon against aids…

A new device that allows for a safer circumcision procedure could become the new weapon against AIDs in developing countries.

The circumcision ring, known as the ShangRing, has already been put to test in clinical trials in China and Africa, and is currently being studied by researchers at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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ShangRing Circumcision Tool

The ShangRing, described in a New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center press release, is named after its inventor Mr. Jain Zhong Shang, and consists of:

“Two concentric plastic rings that sandwich the foreskin, allowing it to be cut away without suturing and with minimal bleeding. Performed in a clinic under local anesthesia, the procedure takes less than five minutes, compared with approximately 20 to 30 minutes for a traditional free hands circumcision that requires suturing. The patient returns in one week for device removal.”

The only downside to the procedure is that the device must be worn for 10 days. But most patients report the procedure to be surprisingly painless.

Christopher, a Kenyan farmer, decided to get the ring after hearing how painful traditional circumcision was.

I thought it would be the best way to protect against diseases (like) AIDS, he said, adding there was little pain when the ring was put on. He said more Kenyan men should be able to try the ring, and didnt find it difficult to wear the ring for so long.

According to Chinese data, the complication rate in thousands of men who have had the ShangRing is less than 5 percent, compared to traditional African circumcisions where it can be as high as 15 percent.

Scientists think circumcision reduces the chances of HIV infection because the foreskin is particularly susceptible to HIV.

Kim Dickson, an AIDS expert at the World Health Organization, said mass circumcision could prevent about 4 million adult HIV infections between 2009 and 2025.

Philip Stevens, of the London-based think tank International Policy Network, agreed but voiced his concerns regarding the popularity of the device:

Circumcision will likely avert far more deaths per dollar spent than other things were spending HIV money on…

The main problem I can foresee with this is actually persuading men to sign up for it.

Dr. Goldstein, the studys principal investigator said:

Circumcision with this technique promises to be faster, safer and more acceptable to patients than conventional surgical circumcision methods,

With the recent endorsement by the World Health Organization (WHO) and scientists worldwide of adult male circumcision as an important strategy for HIV prevention, there is increased urgency to develop safe and cost-effective circumcision services. The ShangRing looks set to meet those requirements.

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