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Honour over circumcision

By Canaan Mdletshe | 2010-12-07 07:36:55.0 | COMMENTS [ 14 ]

THE 18000 men circumcised recently in KwaZulu-Natal are to be honoured by being conferred the status of a regiment.

Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini has invited the men to his palace for the honouring. It is scheduled to take place next week Friday.

The king sees the circumcision programme in the province as an important campaign against HIV-Aids.

More than a million of the country's estimated 5,5million HIV-positive people live in KwaZulu-Natal. The province has the highest HIV prevalence in the country.

It has been tradition before for the king to honour important achievements of groups by naming them regiments.

Historically, male circumcision has been practised for various reasons, including hygiene, religion, tradition and culture.

In late 2006, two randomised controlled trials on whether male circumcision reduces HIV transmission were halted because interim results showed an overwhelming protective effect, validating the results from an earlier South African trial conducted at Orange Farm. Based on the weight of the evidence from both observational studies and randomised trials, public health leaders have concluded that male circumcision - when performed by well-trained and well-equipped health professionals - can significantly reduce the risk of HIV infection among adult men, and thus the number of new infections a year.

Provincial department of health spokesperson Chris Maxon said the king had invited all circumcised males to come to his palace during the Ukweshwama ritual next week. The Ukweshwama ritual is where men kill a bull with their bare hands.


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it's about time yessus. a bu makepisi! this will reduce HIV infections and other STD's

2010-12-07 09:44:24.0 | 0 replies

Living with HIV/AIDS is not so terrible if we know how to control it.. Maybe you can check more HIV/AIDS blogs and inspirational stories at The STD counselor on the site will give you some advise about how to control it.

2010-12-08 04:00:28.0 | 0 replies

It is highly doubtful whether circumcision will have any effect on the epidemic. In at least six African countries more of the circumcised men have HIV than the non-circumcised. This has to be explained before proceeding with a potentially disastrous campaign.

A study in Uganda started to find that circumcised men are a greater risk to women than intact men, but it was cut short before the effect of resuming sex too early could be eliminated. Instead the researchers blame the victims and ignore this risk. Women are already more at risk of HIV infection than men, so something that only protects men (if it does) is a bad idea.

And in Swaziland there are reports of young men thinking it's safe to have "skoon" sex because they are circumcised. Can anyone be surprised?

2010-12-07 21:55:50.0 | 0 replies

Shoo!!! It about damn time,I mean as a Venda gal,I'd run if I ever come accross the "broom"....
It doesn't matter that you went to the mount or the Hosp,the fact is to get that nusty skin off.

2010-12-07 15:31:32.0 | 0 replies

why should boys wait to be men then decide to circumsise, i think is better to do it while they are still young, my two sons they went for circumsession while they were 10yrs old but done by the professionals (doctors) i don't believe going to the mountains. why can't we adopt indians style to cut them immediately after birth.

2010-12-07 15:22:11.0 | 0 replies

@Lekope, @purah, @Nanafierce... LMAO!!! Oh boy, I nearly fell off my chair. You guys are very funny you made my day!!

2010-12-07 14:52:31.0 | 0 replies

Hambani niyoluka makwedini...

2010-12-07 14:35:08.0 | 0 replies

Sika lojwabo...tltltltlt!!!

2010-12-07 13:05:05.0 | 0 replies

@Nelson,point of correction,most people from KZN are not circumsized.I applaud who eva raised ths issue###

2010-12-07 12:02:23.0 | 0 replies

I happen to have been part of that study. Circumcision does not prevent infection. It reduce chances by about 60%. If you circumcise and you get clumsy sexually you will contract the virus.
Remember when you are circumcised, the head of the penis develops some hard skin that may not easily tear during intercourse. Also after sex the head becomes exposed to weather elements in which most virus can not survive.

2010-12-07 11:32:04.0 | 0 replies

@Wu-tang the point is not to be a man. how do you define a man? by just going to the mountain then you are a man? The fact is, it is advisable for one to be circumcized.

2010-12-07 10:30:32.0 | 0 replies