Do Not Cloud the Message!
Following some African countries government’s advice that circumcision lessened chances of contracting HIV/Aids, many young men formed very long lines outside health centers to have their foreskins severed. Innocent “Onyango” had just given the nod to circumcision when he acknowledged that he has been made a ware that, men who are circumcised are 60% more likely to be protected against HIV during sexual intercourse.
The response to the circumcision program has been vigorous, and sometimes spontaneous, that it should get most people worried, instead of exciting them. Until u meet the freshly circumcised young men dressed up in a loose garments –as regular clothing is mostly out of the question at this time of healing.
Young men like “Onyango” point out that, these Aids people(activists) have spoken for long about fighting the disease, but they had never come up with a practical solution as good as this one(circumcision). Don’t have sex, don’t do this, don’t do that. Eh, man, how can a young man such as I forfeit sex, eh? And the condoms – where is the sense in putting on a condom when you are having sex? Sex is about feeling, and so no young person likes them!"
You can view it from young men’s side and be humbled by it, but you should be doubly afraid for the future as far as the hydra known as HIV/AIDS is concerned, and its potential to wreak more havoc against a young population that loves and values fun more than security of life.
There you have it!- whatever sensitization programs that might have been done about ways of protecting oneself against HIV/AIDS infection would be headed to the drain and thrown to the wind, because circumcision would now provide full coverage! NO WORRIES!
It is appalling, to say the least as this explains the long circumcision lines in front of the health centers – young men and women were now going to indulge in all the sex they wanted without any inhibitions, any fears about HIV/AIDS infection.
Anything that will give a person a chance to escape HIV/AIDS infection is gladly welcomed.
The efforts should be to urge the governments, the entire public and in your own communities to step up the campaign against HIV/AIDS. And by taking counseling to another level, who knows that the World Health Organization and Unaids’ statistics might not have taken every single factor into consideration?
It is counseling that will help those young men who are rushing to get circumcised in order to ‘enjoy’ their sex unhindered, to get informed that there are many things to consider before they place their unprotected little friends into the mouth of infected vessels, placing all their faith in their circumcision hype. This is not bashing circumcision per se but rather looking at things in perspective.
Therefore, HIV/AIDS fight should not follow the line of least resistance blindly. Fighting HIV needs discipline, and so an undisciplined person will not manage to walk within the strictures of Abstinence, Faithfulness, Condoms, etc …etc – all of which give high chances, but only when one sticks to them religiously.
And look now; there is another group that has grown into maturity and is infected, but without ever having had sexual contact with any member of the opposite sex – or of the same sex. There are many unfortunate children who were just born with the HIV virus. The level of resistance of these people and many others is quite different from Adults, just as it is different in a general sense. So, it is always a danger to indulge in the kind of sex that the young men want – wild and unprotected – when it is your resistance that is weak and therefore your life is put in uncalled for danger.