You have the right to a free, safe circumcision conducted by a senior health care provider in a clean and hygienic medical facility.
You have the right to Counselling and HIV testing before undergoing circumcision. This is advisable but not compulsory. It is illegal to test anyone for HIV without their permission. Before the circumcision, you will undergo an examination for infections and foreskin abnormalities, and receive treatment MMC if necessary.
A specially trained doctor or nurse performs the circumcision. You will receive a local anaesthetic, which is a small injection at the base of the penis. You won't feel any pain. The whole procedure lasts around 30 minutes. The health care worker will stitch and dress the wound, and give you painkillers so that you won't be uncomfortable when the local anaesthetic wears off.
The wound takes six weeks to heal. You have to keep the wound clean and dry. You have to visit the clinic two days after the procedure and then again on the seventh day after the procedure. This is very important. The health care providers will check that you are cleaning the wound properly and that you are not in any discomfort. You can find advice on how to care for your wound here.
A man may not have sex or masturbate for six weeks after the circumcision, until the wound has fully healed. Sexual activity can delay the healing process.
If you want to talk to someone about medical circumcision, here are some free phone numbers.
Toll Free: 0800 448 024
Please call me: 082 808 6152