VMMC Device-Introducing a New Innovation to a Public Health Intervention

Journal Article
(Published June, 2016)
Ridzon, R. (Author),
Reed, J.B. (Author),
Sgaier, S.K. (Author),
Hankins, C. (Author)
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This introduction to the June 2016 JAIDS supplement presents research on the use of medical devices as an alternative to surgery for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). The supplement contains 16 articles from 8 countries examining different aspects of the introduction of devices into VMMC. The articles focus on safety and acceptability of the introduction of two devices (PrePex and ShangRing) in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; the World Health Organization-defined pathway for evaluation of devices for VMMC programs for HIV prevention; estimated unit costs of device-based VMMC and cost of device introduction; impact of devices on demand for VMMC services; and provider training and client education. These studies provide evidence to inform development of recommendations regarding device introduction into VMMC programs already operating at scale.

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Ridzon R, Reed JB, Sgaier SK, Hankins C. VMMC Devices-Introducing a New Innovation to a Public Health Intervention. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016;72 Suppl 1:S1-4.