South Africa has the largest programme target in African with more than 6-million boys and men to be medically circumcised by 2016. The programme is funded by USAID and Right to Care offers this service for free to males over the age 14.
Medical male circumcision is a cost-efficient HIV prevention strategy and research has proved that it reduces male HIV sexual acquisition risk by up to 60%.
A circumcision is a minor surgery to remove the foreskin (the sleeve of skin around the head of the penis). The procedure takes about 20 minutes under local anaesthetic. The doctor snips off the foreskin and places a few stitches that fall out on their own once the penis is healed. Two follow-up appointments are made where the nurse checks that the wound is healing and healthy.
Medical male circumcision is a cost-efficient HIV prevention strategy. According to landmark medical studies in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya, medical male circumcision reduces male HIV sexual acquisition risk by up to 60%. It has also been linked to the reduction of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and thus offers greater protection from penile cancer and cervical cancer in female partners.
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