South Africa 27.11.2013 07:00 am

North West set to open circumcision clinic

Picture courtesy of Wiki Media Commons

Picture courtesy of Wiki Media Commons

Clinical trials have found that circumcised men were considerably less likely to contract HIV from their female partners.

And as a build up towards World Aids Day on December 1, the North West Department of Health will officially open a high-volume male circumcision clinic at the Bafokeng Community Health Centre in Phokeng near Rustenburg at 9am tomorrow.

The clinic, which will be run in conjunction with the Centre for HIV and Aids Prevention Studies, is capable of doing over 200 circumcisions per week, and is one of three high-volume sites operating in the North West Province.

Medical male circumcision is also available at all hospitals, community health centres and clinics across the province.

“Circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV by up to 60%. Using condoms reduces this risk even further,” says the health department

This World Aids Day, a revitalised HIV counseling and testing aimed at encouraging people to get tested will be unveiled by North West Premier, Thandi Modise. Testing is routine and free at every government health facility. – Staff reporter.

 

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