There’s more to circumcision than just a religious or cultural rite of passage – there are a number of health benefits associated with a medical male circumcision. 

Here are a few health benefits of medical male circumcision worth sharing with the man in your life! 

Reduced risk of contracting HIV and other STIs

New studies have shown that with medical male circumcision, you can significantly reduce your risk of being infected with HIV, by up to 60%.

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Evidence shows that the inner skin of the foreskin is more likely to absorb HIV than any other skin, as it is more prone to small tears during intercourse. By removing the foreskin, MMC significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection among heterosexual men who practice penile-vaginal intercourse. 

However, itâ??s important to remember that while medical male circumcision reduces your risk, it doesnâ??t eliminate the risk entirely, so you should still always use a condom every time you have intercourse. Medical male circumcision helps reduce a man’s risk of contracting herpes, human papilloma virus (HPV), syphilis and gonorrhoea.

Improved hygiene

A man who has had medical male circumcision will have an easier time keeping his penis clean. This is because circumcision removes the entire foreskin of the penis, making it easier to clean. If the foreskin isnâ??t cleaned properly, it can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. 

Prevents certain medical conditions 

With the removal of the foreskin, a common condition known as phimosis is prevented. This condition prevents the foreskin from being moved back over the head of the penis. Men with phimosis have an increased risk of developing penile cancer.

Provides health benefits for partners 

Medical male circumcision reduces the female partnerâ??s risk of cervical, vulva and vaginal cancers, by removing the HPV virus that is often carried in the foreskin. The HPV virus is easily transferred from an uncircumcised man to a woman through intercourse. 

Please note that although medical male circumcision significantly reduces a manâ??s risk of contracting HIV from a woman, and reduces a womanâ??s risk of developing cervical cancer, it is NOT a 100% prevention strategy. Therefore, you must always use a condom every time you have intercourse, even if you or your partner has had a medical male circumcision. 

Stay safe and help reduce your risk of contracting HIV, by having a medical male circumcision. To register or for more information, download the Hello Doctor Mxit app for free or complete this short form and a CareWorks consultant will contact you. Remember, the procedure is done at no cost to you.  

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