Men urged to go for free circumcision
09 May 2013, 14:37
The uncircumcised males have been asked to voluntarily seek free circumcision services to reduce high chances of contracting HIV/AIDS infection.
Addressing the press on Thursday in Nairobi CBD where they had erected an open air tent for the campaign, Timothy Ouma, a counsellor at Catholic Medical Board and Impact Research Development Organization (CMBIRDO) said that circumcision not only offers 60% protection against HIV/AIDs, but also cancer diseases.
“Male circumcision is crucial as it prevents both partners from Prostate and Cervical cancer infections because of high levels of hygiene after sexual activity unlike their uncircumcised counterparts who find it difficult to maintain hygiene,” said Ouma.
Ouma said that throughout their free circumcision campaign process around the nation, they have witnessed positive response from targetted group who turn up in large numbers.
He said that over 500 males have been initiated in Nairobi within a period of one month and the turn out still goes up. However, he noted that some adults fear that they will take longer time to heal.
Ouma elaborated that they offer proper medical service after the exercise and one can still go to work without suspicion from other people and thereafter, they follow up to ensure that their client is doing well.
He commented young people especially those under 18 years in Nyanza who after undergoing the circumcision went back to encourage the adults to go through the free exercise in an effort to fight HIV/AIDs in the region.
Ouma further said that CMBIRDO in collaboration with other NGOs like USAID are working hard to ensure that HIV/AIDs infections resulting from unprotected sex reduce.
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