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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?



How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.