By Augustine Kambuzi Banda
Health Experts shades more light on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision which youth in Mzuzu City claimed forces people to indulge in unprotected sex and promotes promiscuity.
In his remarks one of the experts in Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) MacLennan Mhone from St John’s Hospital said the youth needs to understand that VMMC goes together with behavior change.
“It doesn’t mean that once circumcised then you are free from HIV/AIDS, VMMC only reduces chances of contracting HIV/AIDS by 60 percent”, he said.
Adding he said, “This does not mean people should start having unprotected or multiple sex in the name of VMMC, people should understand that there is 40 percent this means being faithful and abstinence has to be observed too”.
Mhone encouraged people to go for circumcision as it does not only protect people from contracting HIV virus but also protects women from contracting virus which causes cervical cancer in women.
Speaking to Radio Tigabane youth from different parts of Mzuzu City demanded more information on VMMC hence saying the action encourage prostitution and risky to HIV contraction.
“We are surprised, instead of sensitizing people on the dangers of multiple sex partners and HIV/AIDS advocating organizations for male circumcision are focusing very much on VMMC that it reduces chances of getting HIV by 60% this is putting more lives in danger of getting HIV people think of trying”, they said.
Adding youth said, what they know is that the epidemic is still claiming a lot of lives in Malawi with almost half of them being circumcised.
“All what we know is that HIV/AIDS is real, and the best way to avoid getting the virus is by abstinence, but we wonder with organization who encourage circumcision somehow they are promoting promiscuity”, they added.
The government of Malawi and some Non-governmental organizations are advocating for medical male circumcision in Malawi as a way of reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.