The KZN Department of Health is asking all families in KwaZulu Natal to circumcise their male children or face severe punishment in a form of a fine. All uncircumcised men are also ordered to get circumcised as soon as 30 July 2017.
The Spokesman of KZN Department of Health media that the decision to have all men circumcised is:
- Circumcision does not affect male sexual drive or functioning.
- When a guy is not circumcised, moisture can get trapped between his penis and the foreskin, which creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. This means there’s a higher risk of infection and it’s easier to spread viruses to others.
- Removing the foreskin gets rid of the wet, warm and dark environment that can sustain viruses such as HIV and other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, herpes and cancroids.
- Being circumcised reduces your female partner’s risk of cervical cancer.
- By getting circumcised, you not only reduce your own HIV and STI risk, but your partner’s too.
- It can be difficult to keep an uncircumcised penis fresh 100% of the time. Circumcision simplifies the task of keeping the penis clean and keeps you fresher, giving you more confidence.
- Some women prefer circumcised penises due to personal preference, as well as the reasons listed here.
He further said the decision was made by government as a ‘gift’ for people in KZN.” A medical male circumcision takes about 30 minutes and is done under anaesthetic by a doctor. The foreskin is snipped off and a few stitches are used to close the incision. These fall out on their own once the penis has healed.
Afterwards you may experience some discomfort for a day or two, but generally it isn’t very painful. There should be no more swelling after two to three weeks, and complete recovery in adult men takes around four to six weeks.