Circumcision Ring

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Advances in circumcision surgery have stagnated in recent decades. Ten years ago however, a landmark medical publication showed that circumcision strongly reduced the risk of HIV transmission in male participants of a clinical study, generating renewed interest in circumcision by the World Health Organisation and health officials worldwide. Realising that circumcision may help contain the HIV/AIDS epidemic in high-prevalence areas such as in Africa, researchers sought to find newer ways to perform circumcision that are more convenient for men and that are more likely to achieve high uptake. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded research to create the Shang Ring, a new circumcision device that fits this purpose.