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October 25, 2005

Another reason to favour circumcision

Topics: Health Issues

The Guardian reports that a study has revealed that there is a reduced risk of men contracting the HIV virus if they are circumcised. The study was done amongst a group of men who are in a very high risk category. The results of the study, which had to be halted for ethical reasons, indicated that there was a 61% less chance of contracting HIV because the man was circumcised.

It is worth noting that even though this study has come to some interesting conclusions, these conclusions have not been automatically embraced, since the emphasis is still being placed upon "safe sex", rather than on eliminating the high risk practices altogether.

Perhaps the author of the article needs to find out more about how HIV is being brought under control in areas where the people are being taught not to indulge in high risk sexual activity, including swapping female and male partners.

After all, AIDS prevention programs haven't been proven to be very successful, and behavior is always a factor..

More than 39 million people around the world are living with HIV - slightly more than the population of Poland. Nearly two-thirds of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the dramatic rise in cases among women is particularly evident. Women now account for nearly half all infected adults worldwide. The global HIV/Aids epidemic killed more than three million people in 2004. East Asia, eastern Europe and Central Asia show the sharpest rises in HIV cases.
As almost everyone knows by now, AIDS spreads through infected blood products and drug abuse, but overwhelmingly by sexual contact, predominantly between men and women, but also between men. Women are more vulnerable to infection for physiological and social reasons, and sex workers are far more likely than the population at large to be infected. But the sexual behaviour of men is largely responsible for spreading the disease.

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Posted by at October 25, 2005 2:27 AM

While the study has an interesting conclusion, circumcision is not the answer. As you point out, there are much better and more effective ways to stop disease transmission than circumcision. Namely, stop engaging in immoral high risk behavior.

Posted by: tim at October 25, 2005 5:57 PM

I find it reprehensible that people find it perfectly acceptable to carve on an infant boy's penis while decrying the horror of female circumcision. Both practices are reprehensible to me. If a man (or a woman for that matter) wants to carve on his or her genitalia in any way they like then they can have at it with no judgement from me, but only after they are old enough to make that decision for themselves.

Posted by: Rorschach at October 26, 2005 2:58 PM

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