Close to 210 boy learners from Matetenene High School in Rankelenyane Location in Rustenburg undergo Medical Male Circumcision through SADTU’s HIV and AIDS programme as a result of a campaign drive with SADTU Platinum region in the Bojanala District of North West tomorrow. The MMC comes as result of a partnership between the Union and the Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS). Funding for the programme comes from the USAID and CDC.

This MMC drive is part of the Union’s HIV and AIDS comprehensive prevention strategy and promotion of lifestyle change through informative programmes and referrals to specialized care and support programmes. It has been proven that Medical Male Circumcision reduces the rate of HIV/AIDS infection by 40 to 60%. The union’s programme promotes abstinence, delayed sexual debut, safe sex, and leading healthy lifestyle among teachers and learners.

Before consenting to MMC, SADTU trainers conduct presentations to the boys about the importance and benefits of MMC (complete removal of the foreskin). Boys over 18 give personal consent while those below 18 but above 14 years get parental consent. They are then tested for HIV/AIDS, Blood Pressure, Glucose levels and BMI.

After the tests CHAPS will conduct the actual circumcisions using their doctors. SADTU has a team of eight to conduct health screening and CHAPS has a team of 10 which include nurses and doctors and counselors. Follow up consultations will be done at Phokeng Clinic.

The programme will move to Schoemandal, Mpumalanga on the second, third and fourth of May where over 600 boys will be circumcised at Shongwe Hospital.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat