An article from the vancouver sun titled Simple device offers men circumcision with no surgery, anesthetic discussed a device called prepex (pictured above) which is the being used on men, particularly in concert with several high profile African circumcision initiatives under the auspices of HIV prevention. The device essentially installs a tightened rubber band over the foreskin causing the foreskin to become necrotic after which it is snipped away by a nurse at the time when the rubber band is removed. Given below are images detailing the process.
Given that the supposed HIV prevention that comes as a result of having more circumcised men is highly suspect, we can simply ask the question of the cost of all of this. How much does a prepex device cost? surely more than a condom, no? when you consider that a trained nurse must be present to snip away the necrotic tissue, the cost per circumcision likely far exceeds the cost of distributing condoms when you account for the need to keep paid nurses on staff. Men in Europe are uncircumcised in the majority and yet we do not see HIV skyrocketing there?, no. Why? because they are educated on the risk and transmission of std’s and have access to condoms. If African men had these opportunities/information this so called HIV prevention effort would become completely unnecessary, and the cost would be greatly reduced.
But cost doesn’t seem to be a problem, since high profile billionaires such as Bill Gates will happily provide tens of millions of dollars to pay for all of it. An article titled Bill Gates helps fund mass circumcision programme states the following;
Microsoft founder Bill Gates last week injected $50 million into a programme to circumcise up to 650,000 men in Swaziland and Zambia.
The goal of the project is to curb the transmission of HIV in two of the AIDS hotspots of the world, as circumcision has been shown to more than halve the risk of men becoming infected.
So then, multi billionaires just drop 50 million usd to circumsize over half a billion African men out of the goodness of their hearts? I hate to sound conspiratorial but this sounds shady as fuck. I don’t believe bill gates is using his foundation for anything good in Africa. I don’t know exactly what these well funded multinational NGO’s are up to, but I don’t think it’s anything good. I think it’s important for men and intactivists to keep a watchful eye on what’s occurring here.