HIV Prevention Men's Health

Actor to be circumcised – along with 2000 others

Written by Thabo Molelekwa

Popular soapie actor Kagiso Modupe has, at the age of 33, has decided to be circumcised as a public show of his support of the practice – and is inviting other uncircumcised men to join him.

Kagiso Modupe was motivated to get circumcised in order to protect his wife from getting HPV, which causes cervical cancer.

Medical male circumcision is a scientifically proven and cost-effective biomedical HIV prevention method. It is estimated that for every five voluntary medical male circumcision procedures performed in South Africa, one new HIV infection is averted.

Medical male circumcision, in combination with other HIV prevention strategies, plays a vital role in the reduction of new infections according to The Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies.

‘Decision to circumcise’

Modupe told Health-e News that his decision to circumcise was all about being sensible and protecting his wife from getting a cervical cancer.

“When a man has a foreskin, he will never know when he have human papillomavirus (HPV) and that can potentially give your partner cervical cancer,” said Modupe.

“I was motivated to have this done when I read how it can protect my wife from getting HPV, which causes cervical cancer.  But I’ve learnt that in a recent survey of 100 000 men, 47% do it for hygiene reasons and 38% for HIV prevention,” Modupe explained.[quote float= right]Some men do it because it keeps the penis clean, and others because their partners prefer it. But whatever the reason, it’s the right thing to do.”

“Some men do it because it keeps the penis clean, and others because their partners prefer it. But whatever the reason, it’s the right thing to do.”

Support

And so Modupe turned to social media to draw support for his decision. By creating #zwakalaSkeem on Twitter, he called for 2000 men to join him on March 11 to be circumcised along with him. About 200 clinics across the country will be participating in the event.

“I was hoping for 2000 men to join me, but it looks like we may have more,” he said.

Modupe will be circumcised at Emabhodweni Clinic in Katlehong North.

“I was shy and had stressed about the procedure being painful. But I then told myself that as a public figure I need to be an example to my people.”

International studies have shown that medical male circumcision – a procedure in which the foreskin of a man’s penis is removed – can reduce the risk of contracting HIV for a heterosexual man by up to 60%.

About the author

Thabo Molelekwa

Thabo Molelekwa joined OurHealth citizen journalists project in 2013 and went on to become an intern reporter in 2015. Before joining Health-e News, Thabo was a member of the Treatment Action Campaign’s Vosloorus branch. He graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology with a diploma in Computer Systems and started his career at Discovery Health as a claims assessor. In 2016 he was named an International HIV Prevention Reporting Fellow with the International Centre for Journalists and was a finalist in the Discovery Health Journalism Awards competition in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Thabo also completed a feature writing course at the University of Cape Town in 2016. In 2017 he became a News reporter , he is currently managing the Citizen Journalism programme.You can follow him on @molelekwa98