"It was my time to upgrade"

Swazi football star Dennis “Yuki” Masina became circumcised to serve as a role model for other men, particularly youth, reports Soccer Laduma, a sports publication based in South Africa. In an interview describing the experience and the healing process, the retired professional football player and current manager of a South African football team urged other men to get circumcised to protect themselves and their partners from HIV infection. “I have seen the damage and loss of life caused by HIV,” he is quoted as saying. “Circumcision has the power to lower HIV and STI infection rates and make a real difference in society” (Soccer Laduma, 30 March 2016).