15 November 2012

Zambia: Circumcision Is Not an Option for Safe Sex


THERE have been many of adverts inviting men to go for circumcision.

Chiefs have been involved so that as many people as possible respond to this cause.

I am made to believe that the main reason for that simple surgical operation is to reduce the level of HIV infections, thus the spread of HIV/AIDS.

There are countries where the foreskin is removed and the wounded skin is stitched to the flesh so that the tip of the male body remains exposed forever and eventually it changes its colour to the normal skin colour when it completes the healing process.

This exercise is done within a week or so of a child birth.

In those countries the main reason of circumcision has always been cleanliness and protection against some diseases.

I know with a lot of confidence that the only thing which changes slightly is the level of sensitivity because the flesh that is protected by the foreskin is likely to be extra sensitive; the rest will remain the same.

The other consideration is that because the flesh is no longer protected by the foreskin, the dead cells that will accumulate will be rejected and a rather dark skin will show.

There is no myth therefore on the issue of circumcision and this is not an alternative to safe sex, it just presents health benefits that are incidental.

Circumcision is a personal issue that cannot be connected to anything else or to a relationship.

I appeal to young men to go for it bearing in mind that scientists do not speak the same language on any one topic.

I prefer the circumcision of children within a week of them being born but I am afraid I will be accused of child abuse.

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