I am circumcised – why do I still need to use a condom?

So you have been circumcised? Good for you, ntwana! Now perhaps you are asking yourself if you still need to use a condom. The answer is YES. Here is why:

Getting circumcised (removing the foreskin of the penis) lowers your chances of being infected with HIV by 60%. The foreskin is the easiest place for HIV to enter a man’s body because it traps the fluids that could have HIV, and gives them time to enter the body. BUT being circumcised doesn’t protect you 100% from HIV, STIs or unwanted pregnancy. Even though the foreskin is gone, other areas of the penis can still get HIV and you can definitely still get your partner or girlfriend pregnant.

Although circumcision protects you, it doesn’t necessarily protect your partner. The chances of an HIV-positive male passing HIV to his partner are still the same. 

So even though circumcision is a good idea, it definitely doesn’t give you full protection from everything, and this is why it’s important to use a condom every time you have sex – to keep yourself safe from HIV, STIs and pregnancy.

Read more on how to protect yourself from HIV in our HIV section

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