Circumcision promoted

2017-04-12 06:02

The promotion of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) among students has been intensified on campuses throughout the country to fulfil the ideal of an AIDS-free gene-ration.

The HIV management organisation CareWorks has been working with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s HIV/AIDS programme in an attempt to slow down the spread of new HIV infections by urging male students to get circumcised.

Hilton Julius, VMMC programme manager for CareWorks, said scores of trained VMMC mobilisers will be deployed on campuses countrywide.

“We are aiming to engage students regarding the implications of unsafe sex and the benefits of VMMC,” he said.

Julius said currently just over 3 million South African men have been circumcised.

He also said that according to ­findings, young adults are a sexually active population group that tends to engage in risky sexual behaviour, including unprotected sex with multiple partners.

“Statistics show that the youth, aged between 15 and 24, represent 39% of new HIV infections, which is alarming.

“Among young people with HIV, 4 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.

“VMMC is an evidence-based intervention which has been proven to reduce a man’s lifetime risk of HIV by up to 60%.

“It also helps to prevent other sexually transmitted infections such as herpes and lowers the risk of penile cancer.

“Female partners of circumcised males also stand to benefit, as it reduces a man’s chance of acquiring the human papilloma virus (HPV) and passing it onto his female partner.”

HPV causes cervical cancer in women.

Julius said the number of AIDS-rela-ted deaths from 2005 to 2012 decreased by 30% for all ages, except among adolescents, who experienced a 50% increase in that same period.

Similarly, two-thirds of new HIV infections occurred among young people aged 15 to 24.

To book a free circumcision or to get more information, men can send their full name to 35255 and a trained VMMC counsellor will call them back.

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