Maloba Ali, 16, P7, Greens PS, says:
“I am a Moslem but I was circumcised in the hospital. The doctor used a clean blade. He cleaned the wound and put gauze. He told me to clean it regularly to avoid infections. I followed the advice and the wound healed very fast."By Namujehe Phoebe, 14, S1, DabaniGirls SS & Silver Anthony, 14, S1, Masaba College
Ibrahim Abduliziza, says:
"Your glans rubs against your underwear all the time as you walk or run. It does not hurt, it just tickles. You get used to it. In the end you forget about it."
Inkuzisa Ibrahim, says:
"Circumcision turns what was an inside part into an outside part of your body.What was moist is now dry."By Egessa Francis, 13, S1, Masaba College
Like any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with circumcision. However, these risks are low.Problems associated with circumcision include:• Pain • Risk of bleeding and infection at the site of thecircumcision •circumcision •Irritation of theglans• Increased risk of meatitismastitis(inflammation of the opening of the penis) • Risk of injury to thepenis
Circumcision and HIV: What every scout needs to know
Harasini Caroline Rosini, S2, Busia Girls SS, asked: How does circumcision reduce the spread HIV?
Recent studies in Uganda, South Africa and Kenya show that males who are circumcised are about 60% less likely toget HIV. How? HIV enters the body through the cells under the foreskin.The inner part of the foreskin can take upHIV virus more easily than other parts of the penis. It has a very high concentration of the cells that HIV targets for entry into the body.As the foreskin rolls off the tip of the penis during sex, the cells inside the foreskin are exposed tothe virus.The inner part of the foreskin also has greater chances of tearing during sex, thus providing a gateway of entry for harmful germs, including HIV.HIV enters the male’s body by connecting onto these cells. The inside layer of foreskin is soft like the inside of an eyelid, nose or mouth. During sex, this wet soft membrane of the foreskin canbreak and make it easy for the HIV to enter the bloodstream.In addition, the space between the foreskin and the headof the penis (glans) may be conducive to the survival of germs
By removing the foreskin, you are therefore removinga part of the penis that is most open to allowing HIV to enter the body. This results in REDUCING the chances of HIVentering the body of a male person.
In circumcision the foreskin is removed allowing the skin of the tip of penis to dry up and becometougher. Circumcision reduces the number of the special cells. This makes it difficult for HIV to enterthe body.
Taking care of a penis after circumcision
It takes between 7 to 10 days for a penis to heal after circumcision. Keep the area as clean as possible.Good hygiene prevents infections and swelling. Gently clean with a piece of clean cloth and warmwater.Contact a health worker right away if you notice:•persistent bleeding•increasing redness on the swelling•worsening discharge or pus