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Rwanda Launches Non-Surgical Circumcision Drive in Effort to Cut HIV Infections

November 27, 2013

"Rwanda launched Tuesday a national drive to 'non-surgically' circumcise 700,000 men in a bid to cut rates of HIV infection, claiming to be the first country in the world to do so," Agence France-Presse reports. "The government said circumcision was one of its key strategies for "achieving an AIDS-free generation" in Rwanda, AFP writes, noting, "The health ministry said it 'aims to circumcise 700,000 adult men between ages 15-49' by the end of 2016." The news service adds, "Non-surgical circumcision involves a plastic device called PrePex comprising two rings and an elastic band that cuts off blood supply to the foreskin, which shrivels and is removed with the band after a week" (11/26).

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