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Monyakeng: 54 Men and Boys Get The Snip

The roadshow which featured medical male circumcision messages such as hygiene, low risk of HIV and condom use saw scores of men and women taking shade - all eagerly wanted to learn a thing or two about medical male circumcision.

The Brothers for Life roadshow which is wholly funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), sought to educate men and women about medical male circumcision in partnership with Welkom based NGO Lesedi-Lechabile Primary Care, which educates local community members on how they can prevent HIV and refer those infected for treatment.

One of the men who got circumcised applauded Lesedi-Lechabile Primary Care's social mobilisers for their outstanding work in mobilising people to take responsibility of their own health.

"I have always wanted to get it done but was scared. It was only after a visit by social mobilisers that I considered it. Today I decided to join fellow men and got circumcised", he said.

Medical Male Circumcision Activist and Director of Lesedi-Lechabile Primary Care Lindi Matsie praised the people of Monyakeng for coming in large numbers to learn about how they can prevent HIV in their community.

"We are so delighted that you guys have taken a step to come forward and learn about medical male circumcision and some of you have decided to get circumcised," Matsie said. "It is so encouraging to see men testing for HIV. What you have done contributes to a country-wide goal of having an HIV-free generation in our life time."

Asked if she expects many men coming for the service in summer than in winter as this as always been a norm. Matsie was quick to respond to a stereotype that medical male circumcision is effective in winter than in summer.

"We encourage men to beat the winter and school holiday queues and use this opportunity where they do not have to wait long hours to be attended to. Men are also encourage that healing of the wound is depended on how the patients cares for it more that the season"

While hundreds danced to the music of DJ Lebo, some men and women were seen in exhibition stalls getting a one-on-one advise on health related issues

Brothers for Life is a collaborative effort led by South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), the Department of Health, USAID/PEPFAR, Centre for Communication Impact (formerly Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA), Sonke Gender Justice, the United Nations System in South Africa and other civil society partners working in the field of HIV prevention and Health.

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About Brothers for Life

Brothers for Life promote positive male norms and encourage the uptake of health services such as Medical Male Circumcision (MMC), Men taking up HIV Testing, Consistent condom use by Men and reduction of sexual partners. The campaign mobilises men to actively engage in activities to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in their communities.