Our expert says:
Dingizwe Ntshangase, a virginity tester from Zululand, reported recently on his technique for testing the virginity of boys, which involves urinating in the air, at a conference for virginity testers held in Richard's Bay.
"If it goes straight up in the air, the boy is a virgin. If it sprays, it means that hot sperm has come out."
Ntshangase also reported on another technique used by Zulus of old to test the virginity of young boys where "a good handful of flesh" four fingers above the knee indicates that the boy is no longer a virgin. This method of assessing virginity is no longer foolproof however, says Ntshangase, as a result of today's modern diet.
But Andile Gumede, a virginity tester from Kwa Mashu, feels that it is unnecessary to test boys because "the girls are the ones spreading the [AIDS] virus, sleeping with one boy one day and another boy the next. Boys are also changing partners too, but not if the girls won't let them."
Gumede also points out that girls are tested because they are the ones "who will suffer with pregnancy. This is why we deal with girls, because they are the victims."
At the moment, virginity testing for boys is the exception to the rule.
So there you have it, from the virginity testers in KZN. Personally I have never had to "test " a man for virginity, so I usually just ask the question. Virgin or no virgin always have protected sex if you are not sure of someone's HIV status.
Dr Elna McIntosh
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