Male circumcision reduces a man's risk of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases by as much as 60 percent, but circumcision rates are low in some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. The WHO recommends voluntary male circumcision as one critical element of HIV prevention in places where the epidemic is most severe and HIV is predominantly transmitted through heterosexual sex. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the world's hardest-hit region, one in 20 adults is living with HIV/AIDS.
We have invested in research on how to expand the use of the Chinese-developed Shang Ring, a disposable male circumcision device that is inexpensive, minimally invasive, easy for healthcare professionals to use, and leads to fewer complications than conventional surgery. The Shang Ring has been proven safe and effective in clinical trials and has received WHO prequalification. We have continued to invest in further clinical trials of the Shang Ring and make it a “universal” device for quick and easy circumcisions.