n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Perceptions of adolescents concerning male circumcision at Belabela Clinic-Waterberg District, Limpopo Province, South Africa : TB, HIV/AIDS and other diseases

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The South African Department of Health is offering voluntary medical circumcision to all men for free and the target is 4.3 million men to be circumcised by 2016. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the perceptions of adolescents towards male circumcision. A qualitative ethnographic research design was adopted to conduct face-to-face interviews in Bela-Bela Clinic of the Waterberg District. Purposive sampling method was used to select 15 adolescents who were between the ages of 18 to 25 years and consulting at the clinic. Data were analysed using Tech's method. The study found that circumcision was regarded as a cultural practice which all men should go through. Those who were not circumcised were discriminated by family members, peers and the community at large. To assume the status of man, one is expected to have circumcision performed at a traditional school. Fear of undergoing circumcision was highlighted based on the dangers such as delayed wound healing, and bleeding. The benefits of the circumcision procedure, whether done at the hospital or in the bush were preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Despite being aware of the dangers participants felt that they needed to be circumcised as it was their culture. The health professionals should intensify health education talks or campaigns regarding the importance of voluntary male medical circumcision. Those who prefer traditional male circumcision should be advised to have a medical examination and should attend only initiation schools approved by the Department of Health.

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