May 24

Zimbabwe still falsely claiming circumcision defeats HIV/AIDS

The ministry of health is deceiving people by announcing to them that once they are circumcised, they become immune to HIV/AIDS effectively encouraging them to engage in promiscuity. Instead of reducing the risk, circumcision has been tested in other environments to actually be the protagonist of HIV transmission, critics state. One recent randomized controlled trial carried out in South Africa into male-to-female transmission actually demonstrated a 54% higher rate in the group where the men had been circumcised.

Abstinence, being faithful, and the use of condoms is the way forward out of the HIV/AIDS trap;  Promoting genital surgery will cost African lives, not save them, argues critics.

 

Full article here: http://www.zimeye.org/?p=53896

Mar 08

Male circumcision is NOT associated with HIV or HSV-2

“In this study population, circumcision status was not associated with HIV or HSV-2 seroprevalence or current genital ulceration …

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This study did not detect the expected association between male circumcision and HIV seropositivity …

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… our ability to detect any association between genital herpes and circumcision status or preference for circumcised partners was improved – no association was found.” [emphasis added]

Full study here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0015552

Mar 02

Half of adult males carry HPV

“Male circumcision and the use of condoms have shown little protection against HPV infection”

Full article here: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/70435/title/Half_of_adult_males_carry_HPV

Sep 19

More circumcised men are HIV positive

MBABANE – Even though male circumcision is considered to have a protective effect for HIV infection, circumcised men have a slightly higher HIV infection than those who are not.

The Times SUNDAY can today reveal that government has known this for close to three years.

It is contained in the Swaziland Demographic and Health Survey (SDHS) of 2007 which still prevails.

This report summarises findings of the 2006 survey carried out by the Swaziland Central Statistical Office (SCO).”

Full article here: http://www.times.co.sz/index.php?news=20909

Aug 29

To Not Circumcise or to Not Circumcise; There is No Question.

http://mothering.com/all-things-mothering/health/to-not-circumcise-or-to-not-circumcise-there-is-no-question

Aug 04

Circumcision Quiz

Take this quiz, and find out whether you believe the myths that far too many doctors believe, or whether you are an informed layperson or a foreskin-friendly physician who knows and understands the scientific facts about circumcision.

http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/DOC/circumcision_quiz.htm


Jul 23

Study: Adult Circumcision Minimally Effective at Controlling U.S. HIV Transmission

“Circumcision would not significantly reduce the spread of HIV in the United States, a new study suggests.

The study, carried out in San Francisco, indicated that circumcision as a tactic for reducing HIV transmission would only be minimally effective, reported an article posted at Scientific Computing.

Although studies in Africa have indicated that circumcision might help reduce the spread of HIV in straight men by removing foreskin cells that are vulnerable to the virus, the new study–which focuses on gay American men–does not arrive at the same conclusion, in part because circumcision is already so prevalent in the U.S. Moreover, only a very small minority of men surveyed for the study said that they would undergo circumcision even if it were proven to reduce their risk of contracting HIV.”

http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=&sc2=news&sc3=&id=108335


Jul 10

Circumcision: Medical Organization Official Policy Statements – no recommendation for non-therapeutic circumcision for infants/children.

“This directory contains official policy statements of various medical organizations regarding non-therapeutic male circumcision, along with discussions of these positions. All known statements by national medical organizations are accessible from this page. No statement recommends the practice of non-therapeutic child circumcision.

http://www.cirp.org/library/statements/


Jul 08

Circumcision not enough to stop HIV, experts warn

“As thousands of young men in Nyanza Province troop to health centres to be circumcised in hopes of fending off HIV, new studies show it might be too early to claim victory. Although circumcision has been touted as one of the ways to prevent HIV infection, recent findings show an increase in HIV infection in regions where most males are circumcised.

According to findings of the Kenya Aids Indicator Survey (Kais) released last week, North Eastern and Coast provinces, where 97 per cent of males are circumcised, registered an increase in HIV prevalence.”

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/663870/-/uneiet/-/index.html

Jul 07

Circumcision health benefit virtually nil, study finds

“While it is the most common surgical procedure in the world, there is virtually no demonstrable health benefit derived from circumcision of either newborns or adults, a new study concludes.

The sole exception seems to be using circumcision to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV-AIDS in adult males in sub-Saharan Africa, though it is unlikely that benefit carries over to other parts of the world where rates of HIV-AIDS are much lower.

The research, published in Tuesday’s edition of the Annals of Family Medicine, shows that, despite claims, there is little evidence that circumcision can prevent sexually transmitted infections, urinary tract infections and penile cancer.

There are also risks to the surgery that, while rare, range from sexual dissatisfaction through to penile loss [and death].”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/circumcision-health-benefit-virtually-nil-study-finds/article1427972/