Bafokeng to open male circumcision clinic

The SA government plans to circumcise more than 4 million men by 2016.

The South African government plans to circumcise more than 4 million men by 2016.

JOHANNESBURG - The Health Department will open a high volume medical male circumcision (MMC) clinic at the Bafokeng Community Health Centre on Thursday.

The MMC site, which will be run in conjunction with the Center for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies, will be able to do more than 200 circumcisions a week.

This site will be one of three high volume sites operating in the North West Province.

Three separate clinical trials in Uganda, Kenya and Orange Farm have showed consistent results that male circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV from a female partner by up to 60 percent. Using condoms reduces this risk even further.

In North West Province, 18.9 percent of the population is estimated to be HIV-infected and 30.2 percent of pregnant women are HIV-infected.

The South African government plans to circumcise over 4 million men by 2016.

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