South African boys have to go through innocence tests

The boys, living in the settlement of Quamashu, South Africa, will have to go through the innocence tests, which were first practised only with girls. This decision was made as a method to fight AIDS. Nokulunga Mayola, who performs the innocence tests with girls, thinks that the teenage boys should undergo the same procedure, however, on the voluntary basis. The idea was widely supported, and another guardian of the traditional customs Reji Humalo offered to teach the young men, how to do the test.

Humalo said that those tests will be performed once in a month and will help the boys and the young men to protect themselves from the sexually transmitted diseases. As a matter of fact the tests will be performed pursuant to the ancient African tradition: “If you can move the foreskin on the penis easily, this means that a boy had sexual contacts. If it is hard to do it, then a boy is innocent.” – Humalo clarified.

Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

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