The latest Capetonians to rally behind TB HIV Care’s Man Up campaign are legendary drifter, Malikah Daniels, and her husband, top local DJ, Ready D.
Drifting is an edgy sport, gaining in popularity in the Western Cape. Drifting events and competitions attract a predominantly male audience (perfect for our Man Up campaign) but the sport also appeals to a female audience – who love that Malikah is taking charge with her drifting skills!
Drifting, according to Wikipedia, is a driving technique where “the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner”. Drivers are judged on line, angle, speed, style and “show” factor.
And of course you need a good car. Malikah’s drift car underwent a complete makeover and is now wrapped to carry the messages of our Man Up campaign.
The campaign will have a presence at various races and events over the next few months, including “First Wednesdays” where racing enthusiasts meet to enjoy cars and music. These events attract anywhere between 300 and 400 people each week; where our teams will be on hand to educate them about the benefits and importance of male circumcision. Because beyond the hype, drama and excitement we do have an important job to do. Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) plays an important role in our efforts to stop the spread of HIV and STIs. It prevents heterosexual, female-male transmission of HIV by 60%. It prevents the transmission of STIs, reduces cervical cancer in female partners and can also reduce a man’s chances of developing penile cancer.
In terms of sexual health, VMMC, is an important consideration. It is also quick (the procedure takes about 20 minutes under local anaesthetic), safe and absolutely free.
DJ Ready D is excited to part of the Man UP campaign and equally excited to have his wife involved. He said, “Having Malikah on board with her drift car is symbolic of the important role that women play when helping to support and encourage their guys to take the necessary steps to ensure that their health is taken care of, and get circumcised”.
To book a free circumcision, SMS your full name to 35255 and a trained counsellor will call you back. Alternatively, WhatsApp the Man Up team on 064 877 9051.