Circumcision offers no immunity to HIV/Aids – Malawi health ministry

The Ministry of Health has demystified the myth about circumcision craze that has lately been perceived by some Malawians as being an immunity booster against contracting the deadly HIV/AIDS scourge.

Malawians are cautioned against false sense of security that circumcision is an immunity booster against HIV/AIDS.

Medical male circumcision as part of its HIV prevention strategy

Medical male circumcision as part of its HIV prevention strategy

The Ministry of Health has said about 150,000 men have been circumcized since Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) campaigned was rolled off in 2011 and it targets to circumcize 1.8 million men by 2018.

According to the ministry, VMMC reduces the risk of female-to-male sexual transmission of HIV by approximately 60 percent.

Speaking during refresher training for Journalists on VMMC in Blantyre Tuesday, Henry Chimbali, the ministry’s spokesperson, said it saves costs by averting new HIV infections and reducing the number of people needing HIV treatment and care.

“VMMC provides men life-long partial protection against HIV as well as other sexually transmitted infections.

“It should always be considered as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention package of services and be used in conjunction with other methods of prevention, such as female and male condoms,” Chimbali said.

He also observed that most married men are put off by the six weeks sex abstinence period, which one is advised to observe for the wound to get healed.

On his part, Paul Manyamba, Programme Officer for National Association for People Living with HIV and AIDS (Napham), who organised the training, said women are also integral part of the VMMC and that married couples can always go for pre VMMC counselling to ably understand what is the six weeks abstinence period is all about.

The media training, organised with funding from AVAC, a United States based  organisation,  was a follow- up training on previous one conducted by Bridge II project in collaboration with Ministry of Health.

Malawi first introduced VMMC as part of the country’s HIV prevention package in Phalombe in October 2011. Since then VMMC has been scaled -up to 6 additional districts namely-Chikhwawa, Zomba, Phalombe, Zomba, Lilongwe, Nkhota-kota, and Thyolo.

“While, Malawi has made strides in scaling-up VMMC to other districts, little attention has been focused on media.

“The media is a potential stakeholder dispelling myths around male circumcision, bringing objectivity and explaining the science and benefits of this important HIV prevention intervention.

Accurate and consistent reporting could help mobilise individuals to take up VMMC and realize a public health benefit for both men and women in their communities; hence the media refresher training,” explained Manyamba.

Women—particularly young, attractive women with nice nail polish on—are not about to have sex with a man who’s not circumcised and risk contracting HIV.  But health experts contend that even though circumcised men can still have HIV and they most certainly can still pass it on.

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22 thoughts on “Circumcision offers no immunity to HIV/Aids – Malawi health ministry”

  1. jona says:

    ndalama zikusokoneza kagwilidwe kathu ka ntchito, why starting a thing without thourough research? seen now

  2. Nyapapi says:

    I know of an HIV infected idiot who went for sekamu with the hope that it will get him cured.

    And attractive young women with nail polish go for men with money!!!!!! In my 24 years of philandering no one has asked me if am cut or not, they just make a learned assessment of my monetary capabilities and voila, its in!

  3. Elliot James says:

    So you can either wear a condom…or get part of your dick cut off and STILL wear a condom. Tough choice, I know.

  4. francis yekha says:

    pliz!!inu ahealth auzeni chilungamo anthu kuti m’dulidwe suteteza AIDS.muphesa anthu.Onani nokha pakati pa anthu odulidwa ndi osadulidwa edzi ikuchuluka kuti?mwasokeresa mtundu wa malawi ndi mauthenga abodza.Ndalama zopasidwa zisapangise malawi umbuli.

  5. yuona says:

    Onse amene amalengeza kuti mdulidwe umachepetsa kufala kwa AIDS ayenera kuimbidwa mulandu chifukwa anasocheretsa ambiri. If it were in China, tikanangowanyonga basi!

  6. Ron Low says:

    In the only controlled trial of circumcision and male-to-female HIV transmission (Uganda 2009 Wawer/Gray) the CIRCUMCISED men’s partners infected their female partners 50% MORE OFTEN.

    Most of the US men who have died of AIDS were circumcised at birth.

    1. talking dead says:

      return of the living dead talking.

  7. Angel says:

    In other words, it offers NO life-long protection, if you don’t ALSO use a condom. This means the condom provides the protection, the circumcision is just added to make it profitable.

    Use a condom, or cut off part of your genitals and still use a condom? Do they think people are stupid?

    They are just trying to hijack HIV strategies and make money for those who profit from surgical kits, pain killers and circumcision devices. Profitable American style genital cutting traditions… now selling in Africa!

  8. kc says:

    give them back their foreskins!

  9. dadaboma says:

    Ministry of Health is misleading people. There is likely someone islamic in MoH who promoted this religious act. The act of mutilating men’s foreskin can NEVER reduce HIV infection – No way. It just makes getting HIV a lot easier because the wound created does not heal completely because of the nature of the organ wounded. Besides, it is very difficult to conduct research where one can unequivocally demonstrate that a circumsised man having sex with an HIV woman fails to get the HIV whereas an uncircumsised man having sex with HIV woman gets HIV. The variables involved in such research are impossible to control. This is aimed to propagate islamic culture, that culture synonymous with Boko Haram, Janjaweed, ElShabab, Muslim Brotherhood, AlQaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Hisbolah, etc. Ministry of Health don’t cheat us – you’re an islamic mercenary. If you want to create a healthy population in Malawi you just need to teach people cleanliness, hygiene, use of condoms, abstainance, marital faithfulness – but not genital mutilation. Tomorrow you will tell us to mutilate our mouths to avoid pelagra instead of telling us to brush our teeth and clean our mouth regularly – bullshit.

  10. Mbanangwa says:

    So what? Our ancestors lived up to 99 years, no cancer, no circumcision etc. we need to change our life styles, the way we view and value sex, the food items we eat, the lotions we use etc.

    1. leshao ole meresho says:

      circumcision has been there since the beginning of time in my tribe,it neither came with the whites nor is it christian or muslim,but a rite of passage from child hood to manhood,

  11. EPIGLOTIS says:

    KAYA KAGWNDITSENI IF TIFERA MUKAPUSI MOMWEMU BASI….KATUNDU SAKHWEFULA

  12. Robert says:

    Who gave you funding to chop off foreskins. Do you really know the campaign you are promoting?

  13. chekambewa says:

    real men at work for saftey KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  14. DAMBE says:

    CIRCUMCISION IS FUNDED BY THE ISLAMIC WORLD NOTHING OF THIS SORT IN WESTERN WORLD !!!

    1. Sorry says:

      But I thought the money for circumcision came from the World Bank. I didn’t know the World Bank is eastern and not western. Thanks for lecturing me, I think next time you can do better with your hate to the Islamic World. Shame

    2. Changululu says:

      DAMBE your hate for the Islamic World is too much. See this link: http://www.nyasatimes.com/2014/08/09/world-bank-funds-malawi-to-carry-male-circumssision/ and find out who is funding circumcision in Malawi. Don’t mind the spelling for circumcision, that’s the way it exactly appears on that web page. Use your brain next time you write and do not let hatred over rule your thinking….idiot

      1. Nyanyalan says:

        Dambe why dont you let islam aside and comment za circumsitioniyo one day you will stop.

    3. mbonga says:

      Waboza iwe circumcision is funded by the american government through hrsa to cdc etc!

  15. opportunist says:

    Anthu kutengeka mumawona ngati circumcision provide immunity to HIV. In fact slot of pple have acquired infection after being misinformed .

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