Medical male circumcision on the rise

2013-07-15 18:09

Johannesburg - Medical male circumcision is on the increase in Gauteng, the provincial health department said on Monday.

"More than 90 000 males underwent male medical circumcision in Gauteng public health facilities during the 2012/13 financial year," the department said in a statement.

It said 94 151 circumcisions had been conducted at 64 sites, including 41 clinics and two hospitals, across the province.

Medical male circumcision entails the full removal of the penis foreskin, fully exposing the head of the penis.

The department said Gauteng had seen a rising demand for this type of circumcision since the launch of the HIV counselling and testing campaign in 2010.

"All 64 sites provide patients with safe, clean, and hygienic procedures. Upon arrival, one receives counselling to understand the procedure and its benefits."


  • alfonso - 2013-07-15 18:33

    bravoo Close the Schools and bushes!!!

  • Mzamane Samuel Khobane - 2013-07-15 18:38

    Medical male circumcision entails full removal of the penis foreskin,full expose of the penis head i regard this statement as inhumane,lack of respect and ill-mannered

      Mishack Tintswalo Hlungwani - 2013-07-15 18:48

      I'm sure you are malema's twin

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-07-15 19:23

      In what way is it any of those things you mentioned? Please explain? This is the 21st century, people need educating. Inhumane you say.......for the life of me, I can't work that out...

      Elliot Menziwa - 2013-07-15 19:44

      Yes u r right, this is an insult to those who respect our culture strng language.

      Jon Low - 2013-07-16 02:05

      All Jewish boys and a third of all white boys undergo this shortly after birth, with no ill effects.

      Denis Gomo - 2013-07-16 09:36

      "Medical male circumcision entails full removal of the penis foreskin,full expose of the penis head" You couldn't even copy and paste the statement correctly...let alone think. If you ask me, I call this "statement mutilation".

  • Mishack Tintswalo Hlungwani - 2013-07-15 18:49

    Ya, chop it!

  • Edward Booi - 2013-07-15 18:55

    medical circumcision se voet.....real men go to da initiation school*period*

      Msola Montja - 2013-07-16 10:01

      if they're real men according to you, why do they still beat up their women?

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-07-15 19:00

    Just so they can have more sex without the so-called risk of becoming HIV infected..Dummer and Dummerer!!! L

      Gareth Coats - 2013-07-15 21:49

      'so-called' risk of becoming HIV infected? Care to elaborate on your seemingly nonchalant writing-off of scientifically generated data of a) HIV as a sexually transmitted disease and b) MMC reducing risk of heterosexual transmission to men by 60%? Dumbest is he / she who cannot see the wood for the trees methinks...

      Percy Ferrao - 2013-07-15 22:42

      Umm Gareth maybe you need to actually read the studies that were done... here is a summary The studies on circumcision are controversial... quoting the findings does not make them true!

      Ivan Tavla - 2013-07-16 06:54

      ummm Percy (wasn't that the name of a penis in a movie about 30 years ago) stop spreading your crass lies from websites with an agenda. Proper unbiased peer reviewed medical research is unequivocal. Repeating "The studies on circumcision are controversial" does not make a case.

      Percy Ferrao - 2013-07-16 07:02

      Ummm Ivan .... Have you read the research... perhaps some folloow ups? Here you go Ignorance is bliss hey?

      Ivan Tavla - 2013-07-16 07:13

      Bad science Percy - proven so. STOP THE CUT AND PASTE, I can read. Lindy - careful when you call people dumb when you can't even spell the word!!

      Ivan Tavla - 2013-07-16 07:20

      Percy - seeing as it is unlikely you actually do objective research yourself, try reading: To the other readers, please excuse the cut and paste.

      Percy Ferrao - 2013-07-16 07:28

      @Ivan thanks already read that ... based on the same contested African research ... with questionable research methodology... like I said before ... read the original research.... at the end of the day USE A CONDOM... all this talk about risk reduction only gives people a false sense of security!

      Ivan Tavla - 2013-07-16 07:40

      Nobody is disputing the condom Percy, but accidents do happen and a 28% improvement in chances is worth it. It is not only the African research that that it is based on, and those contesting it have little credibility or research of their own.

      Leroy Reynolds - 2013-07-16 08:11

      BS, just look after your dick

  • Zamani Myende - 2013-07-15 19:06

    So what!!!

  • Koos van der Vyver - 2013-07-15 19:13

    Strange that some dudes still have to cut skin off to satisfy a woman. Shame... If your penis is your biggest problem, then I'm concerned for the future of this country.

  • Jaco JP Venter - 2013-07-15 19:17

    What is the benefits of removing your 4 skin? Is it maybe that those that remove the 4 skin are to lazy to take a bath and to clean it. Just asking no offence.

      Jim King - 2013-07-15 19:29

      the foreskin is just a hassle during sex all chicks rave about it ! once u had a circumcised pomp you'll never go back

      Gareth Coats - 2013-07-15 22:00

      and the serious answer is: the foreskin has a high-density of Langerhaans Cells, cells known to be susceptible to allowing HIV to be more easily transmitted to men (it's very soft, thin keratonised skin etc) and is the primary site for other STIs, increasing risk. So, removing this skin increases a mans ability to prevent HIV transmission, as well as decreasing the risk of cervical cancer for his sexual partner.

      Denis Gomo - 2013-07-16 09:38

      @Gareth Spoke like a man!!

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-07-15 19:38

    What about this perception that if u opt for a hospital circumsion then u r almost a man yet not quite

      Jon Low - 2013-07-16 02:06

      Who can tell the difference?

  • Kenny Mawela - 2013-07-15 19:59

    Some people are not circumsised on this page with siding the hygiene issue on this matter.Remove your foreskin guys.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2013-07-15 20:11

    Let them do all that in Johhanesburg then not all over the country, they maybe men but not quite.

  • Nokwanda Mfundisi Skwash - 2013-07-15 20:17

    i like this ,part of health

  • Koos van der Vyver - 2013-07-15 20:46

    Ag please. Where is it proven it is more hygienic. People falling for that must have their minds read. 2000 years ago it had nothing to do hygiene but only to take the pleasure away. Stop screwing around then infections will not bother you.

      Gareth Coats - 2013-07-15 22:01

      Google scholar is your friend Koos...

      Percy Ferrao - 2013-07-15 22:49

      Yes Gareth google is your friend ... here is another Fact of the matter is ... if you are going to put it in places where you can catch something ... foreskin or not ... it's a bad idea. .... I wish people would actually read the studies and read follow up studies before stating something is a fact just because the first google article said so... also perhaps consider the amount of bacteria in a vagina... circumcised or not ... use a condom!

      Jon Low - 2013-07-16 02:07

      Minimise risk. It's cleverer than maximising it.

      Ivan Tavla - 2013-07-16 07:06

      Percy- wind your your neck in. Stop the cut and paste. That site is run by goons like you. It is not medical fact, probably unethical, and most certainly flawed. @ jon.low yes that is the point that the anti-circ goons ignore. Any reduction in risk is worth it.

      Percy Ferrao - 2013-07-16 07:14

      @Ivan .... no point in arguing with ignorant people you havent even bothered reading the original research... you dont have any facts to backup your views... just spend your time hurling insults and wasting everyone's time with boneheaded comments...

      Ivan Tavla - 2013-07-16 07:26

      Percy - insults will destroy your case. Open your eyes and go to: And I am only just starting - next will be references to peer reviewed articles in medical journals. Percy, use your brain and then head along to the nearest clinic mentioned above and get the snip!

  • Craig Garrett - 2013-07-16 02:18

    Circumcision to prevent HIV/AIDS does NOT make sense. Circumcised men still have to use a condom just like intact (uncircumcised) men. The best way to prevent HIV is through education about safe sex, not surgery. Don't let them fool you into getting circumcised - you'll still have to wear a condom every time. To Women: don't let a circumcised man have sex with you without a condom. Don't let him fool you into thinking he's immune from HIV. He's NOT.

      Denis Gomo - 2013-07-16 09:40

      True.... In Africa, SA has the widest practice of male circumcision, but still has highest HIV infection for thought.

  • Ivan Tavla - 2013-07-16 07:10

    Just as an aside comment, it has been shown in surveys that most gay men prefer their partner's (and I guess their own) penis to be uncircumcised. Most women prefer men to have circumcised penis. (Women interviewed said they would "handle" a circumcised penis more). So I guess it comes down to who you would rather please.

      Hugh Intactive - 2013-07-19 08:56

      No good studies have been done on anybody's preferences. The one claiming to show women prefer circumcised was biased and rigged. People like what they are used to.

  • Jane Longmuir - 2013-07-16 08:10

    How about this, circumcision is a personal choice but surely it is better to have this carried out under safe conditions rather than the "cultural" way which results in in-necessary deaths - this is the 21st century and 1 death resulting from a "cultural" procedure, is 1 death too many. As for whether it is more pleasurable or not, again it should be a personal decision, men should not feel pressured one way or another. Hygiene applies whether circumcised or not, it shouldn't enter the equation and using a condom goes without saying for the safety of BOTH partners!

  • Mike Roloff - 2013-07-17 05:55 Making it a taboo to compare male with female sexual mutilation is the biggest scandal of the controversy. In both instances the most sensitive and most erogenous zone of the human body is amputated and severely damaged. In both instances, what counts primarily is the cutting of human sexuality. The imposition of control by the patriarchy. A good look at a book on embryology will show the development of the nerves and tissue and how they are the same. What is lacking in all the talk about circumcision is discussion of its archeological dimension - that it is the left over of human sacrifice. What kind of god is it that demands that of an infant? If the Bris constitutes the identity of the male, what about the identity of a Jewish girl? Or is this an entirely homosexual ceremony?

  • pages:
  • 1