Safety, Effectiveness and Acceptability of the PrePex Device for Adult Male Circumcision in Kenya

The objective of this study was to assess the safety, effectiveness and acceptability of the PrePex device for adult medical male circumcision (MMC) in routine service delivery in Kenya.  The investigators enrolled 427 men ages 18–49 at one fixed and two outreach clinics. Procedures were performed by trained clinical officers and nurses. The first 50 enrollees were scheduled for six follow-up visits, and remaining men were followed at Days 7 and 42. We recorded adverse events (AEs) and time to complete healing, and interviewed men about acceptability and pain.  Authors concluded that the PrePex device was effective for MMC in Kenya, and well-accepted. The AE rate was higher than reported for surgical procedures there, or in previous PrePex studies. Healing time is longer than following surgical circumcision. Provider experience and clearer counseling on post-placement and post-removal care should lead to lower AE rates.

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Type: Document
Year of publication: 2014
Resource topic: Devices research, Safety
Resource type: Article
Country: Kenya
Organization: FHI 360