Celebrities support VMMC campaign

Well-known local actors and musicians have joined a nationwide campaign by the Community Media Trust to promote voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in South Africa, Independent Online reports. The “Man Up” campaign aims to debunk myths about the procedure and encourage men to become circumcised as an additional protective measure against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and penile cancer. Actor Wandile Molebatsi, one of at least 11 local stars serving as ambassadors for the campaign, is quoted as saying that “we should talk more openly about the wide-ranging benefits of circumcision” (Independent Online, 7 June 2017).