Tshangani males embrace surgical circumcision

Walter Mswazie, Masvingo Correspondent
MORE than 2 400 Tshangani men and boys in Chiredzi graduated after undergoing male circumcision as part of measures to curb the spread of HIV/ Aids.

The surgeries supervised and conducted by doctors seconded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, also saw Chiredzi South MP Retired Brigadier Cde Callistos Gwanetsa also being circumcised.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at Muhlanguleni Business Centre in Chiredzi South last Saturday, Population Service International (PSI) deputy director Dr Ngonidzashe Madidi hailed traditional leaders in Chiredzi for embracing medical surgical operations.

Those who graduated were circumcised between July and August this year.

“We have partnered the Tshangani people in Chiredzi, Lemba in Mberengwa, Xhosa in Ntabazinduna and Moslems throughout the country in conducting male circumcision. We are happy that our relationship with chiefs has seen us managing to circumcise 2 411 males in one and half months in Chiredzi district alone.  This is between July and August.

“Here at Mahlanguleni Business Centre, there are 1 200 initiates while others are holding their ceremonies in other parts of the district,” said Dr Madidi.

He said PSI helped to train Tshangani doctors and nurses to perform surgical operations so that cultural norms are not compromised.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care National Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision coordinator Mr Sinokuthemba Xaba said the country has circumcised more than 960 000 men and boys since 2009.

“We have circumcised 960 000 males so far since 2009 and our target is 1,3 million male by the end of 2018,” she said.

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  • M Lyndon

    Very sad. Male circumcision is a dangerous distraction in the fight against AIDS.

    From a USAID report:
    “There appears no clear pattern of association between male circumcision and HIV prevalence—in 8 of 18 countries with data, HIV prevalence is lower among circumcised men, while in the remaining 10 countries it is higher.”
    (this will include men who were circumcised tribally rather than medically, but they and their partners may also believe themselves to be protected, and the whole rationale for the RCTs into female-to-male transmission was a purported correlation between high rates of male circumcision and low rates of HIV)

    It seems highly unrealistic to expect that there will be no risk compensation. The South African National Communication Survey on HIV/AIDS, 2009 found that 15% of adults across age groups “believe that circumcised men do not need to use condoms”. This figure seems to have been unchanged in 2012.

    A study in Zambia found that “30% of women at R1, and significantly more (41%) at R2, incorrectly believed MC is fully protective for men against HIV.”

    It is unclear if circumcised men are more likely to infect women. The only ever randomized controlled trial into male-to-female transmission showed a 54% higher rate in the group where the men had been circumcised.

    ABC (Abstinence, Being faithful, and especially Condoms) is the way forward. Promoting genital surgery seems likely to cost African lives rather than save them.

  • LandShark

    The ageist homosexual circumcision fetishists will be glad to hear about this and discuss it in their private groups.