Free circumcisions to fight HIV

2012-04-17 16:21

Johannesburg - Thousands of free circumcisions will be performed by non-profit HIV and Aids organisation Right to Care in the next year, the body said on Tuesday.

The organisation would perform the 125 000 male circumcisions over the next 18 months to help the health department curb the spread of HIV.

"Men [who circumcise] can protect themselves and their partners to reduce the risk of HIV infection and cervical cancer," Right to Care said in a statement.

The initiative would be supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) and will receive funding from the US President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief.

"The new Right to Care agreement builds on USAID investments in 15 high-quality, high-volume MMC sites servicing the Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga.

"Right to Care will also establish a new site in KwaZulu-Natal and expand satellite sites in informal settlements and urban areas in Gauteng."

The organisation would also work with three non-governmental organisations: Anova Health, the Centre for HIV/Aids Prevention Studies, and Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health.

Right to Care chief executive Ian Sanne said the circumcisions would reduce the risk of other sexually transmitted diseases such as human papillomavirus.

"Human papillomavirus can lead to penile cancer in males and, when transmitted to women, contributes to a high incidence of cervical cancer," he said.

"[But] the continued use of male and female condoms is vitally important, even when the man is circumcised."

The initiative would also conduct HIV testing and counselling, screen for sexually transmitted infections, provide male and female condoms and link HIV-positive patients to care and treatment.

Right to Care is a non-profit organisation involved in the provision of care and treatment to HIV-positive individuals who cannot afford medical care.

Former cricketer and Cricket SA chief Ali Bacher currently serves as its chairperson.

  • Kimon - 2012-04-17 16:33

    They say it doent hurt, but when i had it done when i was a baby, they said i didnt walk untill 18 months later!!

      Mazimba - 2012-04-17 17:19

      u big baby u!

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-04-17 17:35

      lol nice one!!!

  • Shirley - 2012-04-17 16:36

    Good intentions but I doubt if it will be effective. Once done it will be assumed that they are no longer at risk!

      Tanie - 2012-04-17 17:27

      I wonder how much of what you said is in your mind, rather than the actual reality???

  • Bruce - 2012-04-17 16:40

    Why waste money on circumcision? It is still essential to use condoms. The danger is that men will say, why use a condom, I am circumcised and therefore safe.

      Merven - 2012-05-31 13:25

      True, just take a shower after sex also helps.

  • Rob - 2012-04-17 16:45

    More donor dollars from the US taxpayer so that SA government does not have to waste Rands on caring for South Africans. Of course that will mean more Rands to feed for the local trough of corruption. When will SA take responsibility for its own and stop begging for overseas aid? SA is hardly a poor country! But of course recipients will be really thankful and show their appreciation the US government and people...and stop selling helicopters to Iran.

  • Marion - 2012-04-17 16:46

    Dish out some free vasectomies while you're about it.

      jacky.mokgawaramatselela - 2012-04-18 21:40

      That would have been lovely however the funding is for MMC not any other programm. Hopefully another funder will consider giving NGO,s like RTC, ANOVA. Chaps money for programms before MMC

  • Ngaka - 2012-04-17 16:48

    Big ups to Right2Care....Zulus need this more than any of South African citizens/tribes.So, please have your attention more focused on KZN...Gauteng, of course, is one area you must also attend to as there's clearly an oversupply of the same tribe.Big ups once again.

      Mazimba - 2012-04-17 17:12

      That's very mature of you to pick out an ethnic group as needing more attention in this initiative. Anymore stereotypes/prejudices/immaturity to dish out?

      Ngaka - 2012-04-17 17:36

      It would also help in reduction of crime as boyhood will be thrown out the window and be a thing of yesterday.This naughtiness and criminal activities we witness on daily basis in Gauteng,in the main, will no longer happen as some people would have manned up.

  • Greg - 2012-04-17 16:56

    Can someone please explain this too me. How does NOT having a foreskin make getting aids less easy? Its just a piece of skin that gets removed for RELIGIOUS purposes. HOW does this help? @Marion, Global depopulation is a part of Agenda 21. If you are advocating people being sterilised, you are a disgusting person.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 17:03

      Then I'm a disgusting person. Obviously I'm not advocating sterilizing them without their permission ffs. However, I am raising a child whose father was around long enough to conceive him and then ran away so I know the devastation that can cause. Common occurrence. How long before we also start existing on a 'famine' diet where everything, including dogs and cats, are on our menu because of indiscriminate breeding?

      Marion - 2012-04-17 17:04

      Oh, and by the way, foreskins also get removed for hygiene purposes.

      Greg - 2012-04-17 17:12

      Apologies Marion, but depopulation is being encouraged by the powers that be. "Back then" they would deal with the population by creating wars and many other blatantly obvious methods of killing masses of people. Now days however, the public will not accept this "quick fix" so they are taking a long term approach. At first I thought this was a sterilisation clinic, (like they have all over the USA) and it would have further enforced the globalist agenda (Agenda 21) But don't worry, GM foods have been linked to sterility and cancer, and is an amazingly clever way of slowly but surely killing us all off as there are GM ingredients in practically everything we eat.. All I can say is, Right2Care must have an alternate agenda or they would not have received backing from the US Gov.

      Mazimba - 2012-04-17 17:14

      Or you could try keeping your legs closed

      Marion - 2012-04-17 17:19

      @Mazimba - who should try to keep their legs closed?

      Marion - 2012-04-17 17:26

      @Greg - my thought is this (although I have been told it has been considered a violation of human rights in some countries): Offer every man who has sired more than x number of children a cash incentive to have an irreversible vasectomy. In the long run the country would save a lot of money on supporting kids (grants, free education, hospital care, etc.,)whose fathers were only around long enough to fertilize the egg. I sometimes wondered whether the denialist attitude i.r.o. HIV was a subtle depopulation endeavour. GM foods is a whole different kettle of fish.

      Tanie - 2012-04-17 17:28

      Was yours removed for hygiene purposes, marion?

      Grace - 2012-04-17 17:39

      Greg I agree... This circumcision thing is gonna create a false sense of security. Just like sleeping with a virgin will cure AIDS, a bottle of beetroot and a hot shower!

      Marion - 2012-04-17 17:56

      @OOM KRIEL - you are a disgusting individual. I guess your's was just pulled over your face.

      Gerhard - 2012-04-17 17:58

      Marion, please don’t advertise your ignorance. Hygiene is a personal choice. If you want to follow that argument, why don’t women cut of their labia for hygiene purposes? The answer is simple, don’t have sex with a “dirty” person. Or better, don’t sleep around. Maybe if we are more concerned about our moral values, all these diseases will not be such a big problem.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 18:17

      @Gerhard - Don't talk to me about my ignorance. I probably have more intelligence in my big toe than you have in your entire brain. Many people circumcise their babies for hygiene reasons. How long must the mother pull back the foreskin for her son in order to ensure that he is cleaning it properly and stretching it over the glans regularly so that it doesn't become infected or grow closed?

      Gerhard - 2012-04-17 19:01

      Marion: Do I need to say more. “Another lazy mother” How long do you feed your baby. Till he/she is old enough to do it himself. That is part of teaching your child and taking care of him. I don’t have a problem with circumcisions, as long that it is done for the right reasons. If you don’t want to take care of your baby, why do you have him in the first place? Will you also cut of a child’s ears? Then you don’t have to wash behind the ears. (sic)

  • Sean - 2012-04-17 17:10

    Get rid of the turtleneck penis please.Be careful though not to over circumcised "johny be good tonight".South Africa had a 60% lower rate of HIV infections when men are circumcised compared to those who are not.In the whole of Africa where male circumcision is less than 20% active among men, HIV/AIDS are a lot higher than in countries where the circumcision rate exceeds 80%. reference: Alanis MC, Lucidi RS. Neonatal circumcision: a review of the world’s oldest and most controversial operation. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2010 May;59(5):379-95.

      Nhlanhla - 2012-04-18 07:53

      Circumcision is good for men, trust me the sex after the procedure is fantastic. Although circumcision reduces HIV, STI's and the HPV virus, guys still need to use a condom. I heard on Metro fm this morning that Warren Buffett has revealed that he has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer which comes the HPV virus that causes cancer.

  • Cornelius - 2012-04-17 17:17

    Now some morons will start to have unprotected sex after the circumcision. Without proper education the HIV rate can actually go up. People need more education than the cutting of the fore skin

  • phahle1 - 2012-04-17 17:19

    Thats gud

  • Grace - 2012-04-17 17:48

    Greg I agree... This circumcision thing is gonna create a false sense of security. Just like sleeping with a virgin will cure AIDS, a bottle of beetroot and a hot shower!

  • thombela.isaac - 2012-04-17 18:19

    Awareness is the key to this HIV issue..circumcision will never decrease chances of getting Aids....This will give narrow minded males a sense of not using condoms when they are circumcised... #protection is better than cure

  • thombela.isaac - 2012-04-17 18:20

    Awareness is the key to this HIV issue..circumcision will never decrease chances of getting Aids....This will give narrow minded males a sense of not using condoms when they are circumcised... #prevention is better than cure

  • Suzanne - 2012-04-17 19:06

    Gee & here I thought that "safe sex" by using protection was the answer to spreading HIV?AIDS, now the "snip" is the answer...Please whom are being fooled by this?

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-04-17 19:32

    If ungum Xhosa, ignore this article, u know how our procedure goes.

  • braamc - 2012-04-17 20:25

    Ever heard of a condom?

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-18 11:45

    Instead of providing this free to adult males only, why not automatically provide it to all baby boys born before they are discharged from hospital. The older the male is who has to undergo circumcision or medical intervention of any kind to that vital organ the more painful it is likely to be. It is the same for people who have tonsillectomys as a necessity when they are older, the pain and potential consequences are potentially more severe and life threatening. My father had to be circumcised at the age of 5 years old and he NEVER forgot the agony. He told all his children to ensure that their sons were circumcised at birth. The gynae obstetrician who delivered my first son refused to do it because his father was not circumcised. RESULT: At 3 yrs my son developed an infection under the foreskin because it was too tight to retract and clean and had to go under anaesthetic the next morning so that the foreskin could be stretched. It could not be removed because of the infection. That night we had to pull it back and clean and apply antiseptics - I can still hear his screams which were witnessed by his younger brother. I have 3 sons and each of them had to have the same procedure to ensure they never suffered the same agony as my eldest. If it offers even the smallest chance of preventing the spread of diseases like HIV it is worth it.

  • Nhlanhla - 2012-04-19 08:14

    Hi people thank you for your informative comments, I have learnt a lot from you guys. By the way Right to Care has responded to some of our comments on Facebook. You can view them by clicking the link.

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