Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Program

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is the surgical removal of foreskin-the retractable skin that covers the head of the penis. The foreskin is highly prone to HIV infections.

Who performs the procedure?

A medical doctor from the Department of Health or TB/HIV Care Association performs the procedure.

Is there any cost involved?

It is free and no cost involved.

What the World Health Organisation (WHO) say about VMMC

  • Reduces the risk of female-to-male sexual transmission of HIV by 40-60%
  • VMMC is an additional and important strategy for HIV prevention. South Africa is one of 14 countries in Africa that initiated Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
  • It should be used conjunction with other prevention methods such as female and male condoms

Clinical trials gave compelling evidence

WHO reported in 2007 that three randomized controlled trials undertaken in Kenya, Kisumu, Rakai District, Uganda and Orange Farm, South Africa have proven that medical male circumcision reduces the risk of HIV from women to men by approximately 40-60%.

Basic Principles of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision

  • Every man should be encouraged to have a circumcision
  • It is an elective procedure/not an emergency

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision reduces the risk of:

  • HIV transmission
  • Sexual transmitted infection (STI) transmission
  • Penile cancer
  • Cervical cancer in female partner

Checklist before commencing the procedure

  • Open a folder
  • Short Health talk
  • HIV test
  • Blood pressure (< 140/90 on 2 occasions)
  • HGT/sugar test (< 10 mmol)
  • Consent form
  • Department of Health Medical Male Circumcision check list
  • Sick certificate for 5 days

Important to remember after my circumcision

  • No sex or masturbation for 6 weeks
  • Penis strapped up for 2 weeks (you can urinate as normal)
  • No erections for 6 weeks (use ice to relax penis)
  • Dip penis into salt water every 4 hours from the next morning
  • Start taking painkillers immediately after having a meal
  • Visit campus clinic within 48 hours after the procedure where the nursing staff will remove bandage and inspect the wound.
  • Further follow ups will be on Day7 and Day21
  • No physical activities including sports

Who do I contact if interested in VMMC?

Contact Mr Andries Slinger at: SlingerA@cput.ac.za or Mr Mandisile Qhosho at QhoshoM@cput.ac.za at Campus Clinic or HIV&AIDS Unit HOD Ms Melanie Marais at maraisme@cput.ac.za

VMMC dates

Community members are encouraged to enquire about VMMC at their nearest local clinic http://www.westerncape.gov.za/directories/facilities/944  or Woodstock Clinic (021) 460 9155/9189

References

Acknowledgement of Partners

Department of Health

TB/HIV Care Association

CPUT Campus Clinic

Contact

For more information, send and email to hivunit@cput.ac.za or contact the unit at + 27 21 460 4253