CIRCUMCISION GAINING POPULARITY IN SOUTH AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG, — Male circumcision is gaining popularity globally and in South Africa and is currently one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the world, according to South African healthcare services company CareWorks.

Careworks, an HIV management organization, says more than 2.3 million men in South Africa have been circumcised.

Its Prevention Programme Manager, Rachael Rawlinson, says: “For South Africa, one of the main reasons we are launching a massive campaign to circumcise men is from an HIV perspective.

“Circumcised men have been known to have a reduced risk in acquiring HIV, by up to 60 per cent, so that means they have a reduction of actually getting the HIV virus and therefore passing it on to their female partners.

“But it also offers them the benefit against other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), like HPV to the most commonly caused virus for cervical cancer and also penile and prostate cancer for the men.”

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK