Kagiso Modupe (33), Scandal actor and Brothers for Life Ambassador led by example proving to other men that circumcision is proven to reduce the risk of getting infected by HIV by getting circumcised at the Katlehong North Clinic last week Saturday.
Ekurhuleni community from different organization’s and bikers from other province came to support the initiative. The event was more like a family fun day with a lot of entertainment. Modupe was among 2000 men in Gauteng, KZN, Mpumalanga and North West that undergone medically circumcision on the day. Katlehong North Clinic is one of 150 clinics in four provinces participating in #ZwakalaSkeem Day. (Meaning “come with me brother”).
Speaking to tame TIMES, Modupe said, “I am driven by love for my family, as the head of the house, l had to do the right thing by getting circumcised. I want to protect my family; my wife from the risk of getting
Speaking to tame TIMES, Modupe said, “I am driven by love for my family, as the head of the house, l had to do the right thing by getting circumcised. I wanted to protect my family; my wife from the risk of getting cervical cancer.”
Speaking after the procedure, he said, “I must admit I have been feeling apprehensive but once I had the local anaesthetic, I quickly realised I didn’t need to worry. The clinic staffs were amazing and have given me pain killers to take home should I need them. Some guys said I was too old to be circumcised, but this is simply not true. Boys and men can be circumcised at any age. I am so grateful to every single one of the men who are doing the right thing today for themselves and for their partners. I felt so much support, doing it together like this.”
He also encouraged other men who have not been circumcised to the right thing by getting circumcised. “Let’s all stand up and take charge of our health. By getting circumcised we are reducing the risk of getting infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and to reduce risk for cervical, anal and prostate cancer. It has benefits for both men and women,” concluded Modupe.
Dr Khumbulani Moyo, Medical Male Circumcision Manager at the USAID-funded Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision consortium consisting of partners Right to Care, CHAPS and MatCH said, “Kagiso has helped open a conversation that many men and their partners find difficult to talk about. He has taken the taboo out of the conversation. He also provided men and their partners with accurate information so they could make an informed decision.”
Dr. Moyo said the exact number of men that were circumcised on the day along with Modupe will still be established once statistics from all the clinics have come in, emphasising that the booking system for circumcisions nationwide will remain open. To book, send a ‘please call me’ to 082 808 6152.
“Some men raise the issue of traditional over medical circumcision. It is a choice,” explains Dr Moyo. “Medical male circumcisions can take place in a traditional context where it marks the transition from boy to man. The point is to incorporate the medical procedure regardless of religious or cultural background, which is very important from a healthcare perspective.”
There was a family fun day at the clinic with musical performances from local groups, competitions, DJS and an interactive question and answer session about circumcision.