Life-saving circumcision procedure, already used by 100,000 men in developing countries, makes the cut at this year’s ‘Oscars of Silicon Valley’
The 2015 Tech Awards laureates, including Eddie Horowitz (bottom row, one from left) CEO of PrePex, a nonsurgical circumcision device, November 12, 2015. (Jakub Mosur)
‘If you want to make a man feel really uncomfortable, talk to him about circumcising his penis. I should know, I do it every day,” declares a smiling Sabelo Dlamini in the opening of a film shown at this month’s Tech Awards 2015 honoring winner PrePex, an Israeli-developed nonsurgical method of circumcision.
Developed by Israeli anti-AIDS group Circ MedTech Ltd., PrePex is a circumcision ring that has been shown to reduce the likelihood of contracting HIV by nearly 60 percent.
The simple device – two plastic rings and an elastic band – cuts off blood supply to the foreskin, which then shrivels and is removed with the band after a week.
“There’s no blood, no stitches, no injection, very little or no pain, and it’s absolutely free…. You can trust me, my brother, I’ve done it myself,” Sabelo can be seen saying as he tries to persuade Johannesburg’s men to consider the procedure.
The makers of PrePex boast that a man “can resume work and almost all daily activities shortly after the procedure,” with the device “designed to be placed, worn, and removed with minimal disruption,” though they should abstain from sex for six weeks afterwards.
The Tech Awards — presented by Applied Materials — are considered “the Oscars of Silicon Valley” and celebrate those using technology to address global challenges. Each year there are two winners of the Sutter Health award honoring individuals, nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies that use new or existing technology to improve health conditions around the world.
The award comes with a $50,000 cash prize that Circ MedTech CEO Eddie Horowitz said would be donated to HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa.
Speaking at the ceremony, Horowitz said he was “honored and humbled” to be accepting the award on behalf of the Israeli company.
“I want to thank our partners, the courageous government leaders and NGOs in Africa, our shareholders and last but not least, the loyal and passionate PrePex team. I would like to thank the over 100,000 men who have chosen PrePex,” he said.
PrePex has been used in over 100,000 procedures in 12 countries in Africa and Asia.
Officials say PrePex has the ability to decrease the number of deaths and injuries caused by unsafe circumcision practices. It was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and certified by the European Union in 2012, and endorsed by the World Health Organization last year.
WHO and the United Nations Aids Program push circumcision as an additional prevention measure in high-prevalence countries where HIV transmission is predominantly heterosexual.
The Israeli-made PrePex is being used in several African nations to reduce HIV rates. (Screenshot from YouTube)
The WHO says there is “compelling evidence” circumcision reduces risk of heterosexually-acquired HIV infection in men. The organization has “prequalified” PrePex, meaning the device has been assessed and meets international standards for efficacy and safety.
Scientists have found that male circumcision can significantly reduce the chances of HIV infection because the foreskin has a higher concentration of HIV-receptors than the rest of the penis and is prone to tears during intercourse, providing HIV an entry point.
AFP contributed to this report.
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The Zionist youth movement takes on a new educational role in the face of local Jews’ hostility to the idea of emigration to Israel
Kids at a Dortmund Jewish Community Youth Center Hanukkah event. (Marc Neugroschel/Times of Israel)
DORTMUND, Germany — Almost eight decades after being outlawed by the Nazis, Germany’s branch of the international Bnei Akiva movement is back — with some slight changes.
Founded as a religious Zionist movement to promote Jewish immigration to Israel, this particular branch of the organization has shifted its sights to instead suit the needs of the growing local community and the peculiarities of German Jewish life.
Just a month in the lives of Christians under Islam.
Reprinted from the Gatestone Institute.
Luc Ravel, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Strasbourg “went against the grain of Church leaders in France who have largely remained politically correct,” says a report, because he criticized “the demographic shift in France, saying Muslims are having far more children than native French and slammed the widespread ‘promotion’ of abortion.” He said, “Muslim believers know very well that their birthrate is such that today, they call it … the Great Replacement, they tell you in a very calm, very positive way that, ‘one day all this, it will be ours.’”
The question of granting asylum and vetting anti-Semitic attitudes.
There was no genius behind the prediction that the influx of Muslim migrants into Europe would cause a sharp rise in anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel propaganda. The Muslim immigrant anti-Semites from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, didn’t need President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an excuse to express their hate for Jews and Israel. They have been honed on Jew-hatred in their own mosques, through President Erdogan’s demagoguery, and through the Arab media.
Local authorities decided to close down the Saint Catherine Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on January 5 and January 6, when Christmas church services are held according to the Coptic Orthodox calendar.[i] The general directorate of tourist police further ordered all tourist companies not to lead tours to the historic monastery.
In October, 125 psychologists and assorted mental health professionals marched to New York’s City Hall while wearing red tags warning, “DANGER.” Leading the march was Peter Fraenkel, author of Sync Your Relationship, Save Your Marriage, mournfully beating a drum in a solemn march. Fraenkel, a psychologist and “professional drummer” was able to combine his love of drums and hatred of Trump.
In the words of a veteran Washington hand, the problem of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main UN agency dealing with Palestinians, is always important but never urgent.
Well, it just became urgent.
That’s because President Trump tweeted “with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” Then, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added that the U.S. government is prepared to cut off funds to UNRWA. And, Axios reported, a U.S. payment of $125 million was not delivered (though that was later denied).
Throughout history, some of the greatest people often failed time after time before they really made it to the top. Others thought that they had failed but realized at a later stage in life that what they believed to be a failure was, in fact, a grand success. Still, others never succeeded — in the conventional sense of the word — but served as models of extraordinary accomplishments, sometimes without ever being aware of it.
The PLO and the Palestinian cause more generally are sinking into irrelevance and rather than reform their policies to rebuild their position, they have adopted a scorched earth policy that only intensifies their race to the bottom.
On the face of things, the situation isn’t bad. Last month the PLO got 128 nations to vote in favor of their anti-American resolution rejecting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. One of the states that voted with them was India.
Israel was shocked by India’s move.