By Ahura Mujuni Mark
President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned Ugandans on their perceptions towards circumcision as a way of HIV/AIDS prevention.The president while officiating the World Aids Day celebrations held at Kasensero village in Kyeebe Sub-County Rakai district made it clear that circumcision is does not increase someone’s immunity against HIV but merely reduces chances of its spread from one person to another by a small percentage. .
“When you are circumcised, you don’t become metallic and therefore immune to HIV/AIDS. The Bagisu, for a long time have, as part of their culture, undergone circumcision but still die of HIV/AIDS’’, he explained.
President Museveni called on health workers and the various organizations in the country that are engaged in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic, to sensitize Ugandans on the real health benefits of circumcision in order to avoid giving false sense of security that circumcision is an immunity booster against HIV/AIDS.
He explained that when the fight against the scourge was in its initial stage, a lot of fear was instilled in people and the approach encouraged many to abstain from pre-marital sexual activity, thereby miraculously reducing the numbers of new infections. However, he noted, with the options of fighting the scourge becoming more available, such as condom use, people’s fears about HIV/AIDS reduced.
“Condom use was meant to be a last resort in circumstances where one could not abstain from sexual activity and not being the first priority as many of you think”, he said.
The President pointed out adultery and prostitution constitutes the leading factors of today’s new infections adding that the practice of having multiple sexual partners is more common among men of today. He, therefore, called on students to abstain from pre-marital sex until they are ready for marriage.
The celebrations were organized the theme of “Re-engaging Leadership for Effective HIV Prevention, Accelerating Action towards Zero New HIV Infections.”