Vincent Okello, 27, was one of the many men who turned up for circumcision in northern Uganda in recent months.

Yet despite his interest in the exercise, Okello is concerned about the reaction of his wife once he returns home.

This is because of reports that some women in the north have rejected their circumcised men, accusing them of having become sexually weaker after undergoing the operation that experts say helps reduce the chances of contracting the deadly HIV/Aids virus.

“I came here for circumcision after hearing messages from the media about the benefits of circumcision; that it protects us from acquiring HIV/Aids and other infections like Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs,” Okello said. “However, my concern is about my wife who is likely to abandon me after circumcision following misconceptions from the public that I will become sexually less powerful.”

Okello told The Observer at Gulu hospital, that some of his colleagues who were circumcised before had already been abandoned by their wives. However, according to Roselyn Oyella, the safe male circumcision counsellor at Gulu hospital, such perceptions are false.

“If you have been impotent you remain impotent. If you have been sexually active, there won’t be any change after circumcision,” Oyella said.

Virility is not the only reason why circumcision is causing conflict in families, according to Stuart Ochora, 25, a resident of Layibi village in Gulu Municipality. It is said that the practice contradicts local cultural norms and many locals think it is meant to convert people to Islam.

Medical personnel such as Dr Leonard Were, the voluntarily medical male circumcision (VMMC) officer, attribute the lopsided perceptions to lack of or limited sensitisation of people, especially women, about the importance of circumcision in the fight against HIV/Aids.

“Because of removing the foreskin of the penis, the virus has lesser area [through which] to enter the man during sexual intercourse,” Dr Were said.

Dr Were, who is also the programme officer of the Northern Uganda Health Integration to Enhance Services (NU-HITES) project, says for the last one-and-a-half years, 74,000 men have been circumcised in northern Uganda by NU-HITES project alone. However, he fears that due to cultural beliefs and lack of sensitisation about its importance, they might fail to meet their target of circumcising 100,000 males every year.

The RDC of Gulu, Catherine Lamwaka, said the low number of males circumcised would eventually become a social and economic burden to government.

“We are fighting hard to sensitise people in the region about the importance of circumcision,” Lamwaka said.

At 8.3 per cent, northern Uganda has the second highest HIV/Aids prevalence rate, after the central region.

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+1 #21 Laban 2014-06-28 01:30
its only in Uganda or Africa for that matter where useless things like circumcision take place.
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+1 #22 wodgot 2014-06-28 16:24
Dr. Were and my sister Oyella, what makes you think God was stupid to put foreskin on there? I agree with Gulu wives because foreskin is God creation which has got functions.

Take it from me that foreskin is there to keep the warheads moist and natural for doing good job. 2. It's also put there to provide grip during sex. If you travel 'Tororo- Mbale- Tororo- Mbale- Tororo- Mbale...', you need some bumpers, don't you?

Circumcision only makes things very boring in the sense that it removes the grips/ magnets and makes Mbale road very 'slippery'. My advice is that,before you attempt go for a circumcision, your wife/girlfriend must consent to it.

If really Circumcision minimizes the chances of getting HIV, why on earth are Muslims also dying of HIV?
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+2 #23 Akot 2014-06-28 18:36
Nkongih lll,
I agree with you! Countries-tribe s that parctice circumcision as tradition-relig ious belief seem to have men who don't appreciate normal sexual relations with women & they blame this on the women.

It's like wearing condoms - natural excitement-enjo yement is rduced-non existant-frustr ating-too long to come & when they do, they leave partners so unsatisfied-disappointed!

Why do we think gynaecologists wear gloves to examin women? No body contact = no excitement!

Sexual relations that satisfy each time need no violence; but those that leave males unsatisfied make tham angry & make women pay for their frustration; while women who are not satisfied with men wearing condoms-circumc ised, get satisfaction elsewhere, naturally!
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0 #24 webeshixty 2014-06-28 21:17
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
There are valid reasons including cancer of the foreskin for a man to be circumcised. That decision should be entirely his.


If it ain't broken, don't fix it goes the Yankee adage. I believe the aids viruses manufactures ought to be outed for their simplistic explanations as to why the moon and sun keep on flying in the sky just for the fun of it till the end of time!

Uriah Nakabugo has never heard of NRA mobilising aids stricken men from Rakai to embark on raping sprees in the wrong regions? Why hasn't the C-I-C restricted circumcision to Western Uganda if that was the answer to his war on state coffers?

We have first hand evidence of banned chemicals used on the hapless northerners to combat mosquitos with deadly consequences. To date, children born where the banned chemical Disulfan was used are grappling with nerve wrecking nodding disease. Nakabigo should see beyond state house!
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0 #25 webeshixty 2014-06-28 22:19
Quoting wodgot:
what makes you think God was stupid to put foreskin on there?

Take it from me that foreskin is there to keep the warheads moist and natural for doing good job. 2. It's also put there to provide grip during sex. If you travel 'Tororo- Mbale- Tororo- Mbale- Tororo- Mbale...', you need some bumpers, don't you?

Circumcision only makes things very boring in the sense that it removes the grips/ magnets and makes Mbale road very 'slippery'. My advice is that,before you attempt go for a circumcision, your wife/girlfriend must consent to it.

If really Circumcision minimizes the chances of getting HIV, why on earth are Muslims also dying of HIV?


Got Mola, you got plenty kow-towers! Societies practicing male and female mutilation have no respect foe wimins!

Any wonder they subscribe to human rights abuses? Milk guzzlers think wimins are commodities for raping! Rubaramira is all time fraud!
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0 #26 Stephen Moreton 2014-06-28 22:24
Mark Lyndon, you have been peddling these misleading claims for years now, as a simple Google search will reveal.

This is despite them being answered on several previous occasions. You ignore the caveats in the USAID report (p.12 & p.110) that make a nonsense of the figures, you know that the figures in the male to female study are not statistically sinificant (and if you'd bother to read the study you'd also know the reason why there was apparently an increased transmission risk and it does not help your argument), and risk compensation has been well-researched and shown not to happen if the men are properly counselled.

To carry on making your misleading claims all over the internet, undermining an important public health initiative and sowing unfounded doubts in the minds of those most in need of this initiative, and doing it when you know the claims are misleading, is reprehensible. Shame on you.
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0 #27 Stephen Moreton 2014-06-28 22:32
Nkongih III: You list mostly Muslim countries. Islam is notorious for how badly it treats women.

Ill treatment of women has nothing to do with circumcision of men.
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0 #28 webeshixty 2014-06-28 22:42
Quoting Akot:
Nkongih lll,
I agree with you! Countries-tribes that parctice circumcision as tradition-religious belief seem to have men who don't appreciate normal sexual relations with women & they blame this on the women.

It's like wearing condoms - natural excitement-enjoyement is rduced-non existant-frustrating-too long to come & when they do, they leave partners so unsatisfied-disappointed!

Sexual relations that satisfy each time need no violence; but those that leave males unsatisfied make tham angry & make women pay for their frustration; while women who are not satisfied with men wearing condoms-circumcised, get satisfaction elsewhere, naturally!


Akot, good to hear from the female side of the equation! That explains a lot why zero grazing or lack of it is wrongly blamed on men behaving badly.

The heading should be adjusted to "Why women graze outside matrimonial homes against the HIV tide".
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0 #29 Ron Low 2014-06-29 05:43
Foreskin feels REALLY good. Seriously, it's the best part.
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0 #30 WADADA Rogers 2014-06-29 13:32
I know of ladies who cant stand a circumcised man and i know of ladies who cant stand a man with the skin. So if you want to be circumcised, please discuss it with your lady, if you cant then find a lady who wants a circumcised man.

Circumcision in the first place is intended to protect you and then the others later.If she wants to leave you for under going circumcision, dont force her to stay so as to cheat on you with an uncircumcised man, let her be and move on, its not the end of the road
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0 #31 Twon Dako 2014-06-29 17:18
This is the best headlines news I have heard my entire life. Gulu wives rejects circumcised husbands.

Can I use the 'f' here? I guess not. So I will keep it as " Awesome!"
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0 #32 Rodney 2014-06-29 18:03
Quoting ugandan by nature:
The scared looks of the two girls in the picture seem to confirm that circumcised men have no future in Gulu!!

But are those kids supposed to witness the "cutting"?


Do not worry, those are surgeons of tomorrow dear. There are still many foreskins to cut off
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-1 #33 Stormwatch 2014-06-29 18:46
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
There are valid reasons including cancer of the foreskin for a man to be circumcised.


Wrong. Not as prevention. Circumcision is useless to prevent cancer, or AIDS, or absolutely any disease!
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+1 #34 wodgot 2014-06-29 19:29
Foreskin is the best and most sensitive part of the penis. Circumcision is a deliberate act of disabling penis by taking away its sensitivity.

I really feel very sorry for those married women whose husbands have been disabled through circumcision.
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0 #35 Betty Long Cap 2014-06-29 21:11
Quoting Akot:
You know to my knowledge there is only 1 tribe (Bagisu in East), that have a tradition of circumcision! I have never know any other tribe in Uganda having this tradition!


Akot, I have it on good authority from a former missionary that as a rite of passage a tribe in Zambia circumcises young men at the age of puberty.

The foreskins are then displayed on their king's crown.
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-1 #36 Betty Long Cap 2014-06-29 21:17
Quoting Stormwatch:
Circumcision is useless to prevent cancer...!


Stormwatch, surgically removing malignant growth is not a preventive measure. If a man has cancer of the foreskin and he seeks medical intervention, no woman has a right to object.
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-1 #37 Betty Long Cap 2014-06-29 21:58
Quoting Stormwatch:
Circumcision is useless to prevent cancer, or AIDS, or absolutely any disease!


For the record, Stormwatch, circumcision slows transmission of HIV/AIDS virus via better personal hygiene.

Your feeble attempt to discredit circumcision as a preventive measure is deception by exaggeration.
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-1 #38 Stormwatch 2014-06-29 23:56
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
surgically removing malignant growth is not a preventive measure.


That is a cure for a cancer that already exists, NOT a prevention. Except in rare situations, cutting off body parts is not a sensible method of prevention.

On the same note, should we have all our teeth extracted to prevent caries? Would you call that "better hygiene"?
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