Easy, Faster, and Not Bloody: Providers' Perceptions on PrePex™ in South Africa

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Abstract

PrePex™ (Circ MedTech Ltd., Tortola, British Virgin Islands) devices are being evaluated in several countries for scale-up of medical male circumcision (MMC) as an HIV prevention intervention. Health care workers' perceptions should be considered prior to scale-up. A cross-sectional open-ended questionnaire was administered to health care workers from nine MMC programs in South Africa that provided either PrePex™ and surgical circumcision (mixed sites) or surgical circumcision only (surgery-only sites). A total of 77 health care workers (37 at mixed sites and 40 at surgery-only sites) with median ages of 29 years (interquartile range 27-37) and 34 years (interquartile range 29-42), respectively, were recruited into the study. The perceived benefits of PrePex™ MMC for health care workers were: device simplicity, convenience, bloodless, and ease of use. Identified challenges included limited public knowledge of device, pain, smell of necrotic skin, and delayed healing. Health care providers perceived the PrePex™ MMC device to be simple and adaptable for existing MMC programs.

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