Male Circumcision has been one of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended strategies for a comprehensive HIV prevention programme in areas with high HIV rates like Sub Sahara Africa. There has been a challenge in men accessing the surgical circumcision in some areas, which led WHO in June 2015 to prequalify the use of Shang Ring device method to increase the numbers of men going for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) which has clinically proved to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by 50-60 %.
Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) provides voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in most health facilities, and the newly Shang Ring method is provided in four health facilities which include, Chilenge, Kanyama, Chelstone and University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
Aubrey Chungu is one of the residents of Makeni Villa compound who was recently circumcised using the Shang ring method at Kanyama 1st level hospital who described the process as easy and less painful. “At first I never wanted to go for Male Circumcision because I didn’t want to wear a Chitenge after the procedure and also due to what my friend told me who was circumcised, he described the procedure as painful and disgusting because he is hemophobia, till last week when some health workers were conducting a community sensitisation on the newly male circumcision method called Shang ring which prompted me to come for male circumcision.”
Aubrey further described the procedure to be comfortable, “when the ring was put on me I thought it was going to be so uncomfortable and painful but it turned out to be the opposite, throughout the six days I was with the ring on me, I was comfortable and able to walk freely and do other things. It was like this for me because I followed the advice given by the doctor, people who find it uncomfortable and painful are those who don’t follow what they are told to do by medical specialists.”
Although Aubrey is not a health worker he has taken a step in educating his friends on the importance of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision, “when I learnt of the benefits of VMMC from health workers, I was amazed as there are no stiches to be done, you can go to work and do other things with the ring on without any discomfort, reduction of females in developing cervical cancer, HIV prevention and for cleanness of the man. I have taken it upon myself to educate my friends on VMMC as it is very important in the fight against HIV and cervical cancer,” says Aubrey.