Debunking the myths around male circumcision

Circumcision is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the world, but there are still many myths surrounding it. So let’s separate fact from fiction!

Myth: Circumcision leads to a loss of sexual function and pleasure.

Fact: Although there can be some minor loss in sensitivity at the tip of the penis – circumcision does not lead to a loss of sexual function or pleasure. No special nerve endings are removed during circumcision.

Myth: Circumcision has an effect on penis size.

Fact: Circumcision has no effect on penis size. The amount of skin removed differs from man to man, but on average less than a quarter of the skin is removed.

Myth: Circumcision affects a man’s ability to make his partner pregnant.

Fact: Circumcision has no effect on a man’s ability to make his partner pregnant. There are other factors such as fertility that play a role here.

Myth: If you are circumcised you cannot get HIV.

Fact: Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) reduces, but does not eliminate the risk of a man contracting HIV. Correct and consistent condom use is still key to preventing new HIV infections.

Myth: If I was not meant to have a foreskin surely I would be born without it.

Fact: There are a few things in the human body that do not serve a purpose and can be detrimental to health, such as your tonsils or your appendix.

VMMC has been proven to reduce a man’s risk of HIV by 60%. VMMC also benefits men in other ways: it helps to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and it lowers the risk of penile cancer. Female partners of circumcised males also benefit as it reduces a man’s chance of getting the human papilloma virus (HPV) and passing it onto his female partner – HPV causes most cervical cancer cases in women. So what are you waiting for?

To book for a free circumcision or to find out more about the procedure, men can send their full name to 35255 and a trained VMMC counsellor will call them back.

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