The Unicirc® and it’s method of circumcision was conceptualised, developed and designed in Cape Town, South Africa, by a team led by Dr’s Cyril and Elisabeth Parker as a cost-effective circumcision device for safely upscaling male circumcision, without using sutures/stitches or diathermy, impacting public health programs globally.
The team of medical and research experts are fully immersed in the global dialogue around male circumcision as part of an integrated international effort to address the incidence of HIV infections.
Globally, there are 5 500 new HIV infections every day, with 66% of these occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male transmission by 60%.
In Southern Africa, by end of 2016, an estimated 14 million adolescent boys and men received VMMC for HIV prevention, but this number is far short of the 27 million new target that was set for 2021 (UNAIDS global report 2015).
There has been rapid but inadequate progress on male circumcision, however, there is a severe backlog and a need to upscale.
Definition: Surgery that removes the foreskin (the loose tissue) covering the glans (head) of the penis.
Understanding the need for large-scale Circumcisions: The health benefits of circumcision are widely reported on, with the decreased risk of HIV infection being significant in this context.
Benefits of circumcision: Benefits of circumcision: The benefits of circumcision exceed the risks by 100 to 1 (Brian Morris, Circumcision Academy of Australia).
The UNICIRC® Surgical-Assist Instrument for male circumcision is a single-use circumcision instrument for safe and cost-effective circumcision, with a significant capacity for scaling up circumcision procedures safely.
The innovative design of the Unicirc® instrument is revolutionary:
Ultimately, the Unicirc® allows for a modern circumcision technique that has demonstrated its superiority to the surgical methods currently in use as well as to the use of necrotizing devices currently available. This makes Unicirc® an ideal device for addressing large-scale male circumcisions. The Unicirc® instrument is available in eight different sizes, and the sterile packaging ensures that it has a shelf life of three years.
The Unicirc® male circumcision instrument has been designed in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework of Evaluation of Male Circumcision Devices.
The Unicirc®as a medical instrument has fulfilled the requirements with regard to Public Health Safety and Manufacturing for the use of male circumcision procedures. The Unicirc® instrument and its Manufacturer are CE and ISO13485:2016 certified, respectively. Unicirc Pty Ltd has been issued a licence by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to manufacture, import, export and distribute the Unicirc® in South Africa.
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