Some common sense on circumcision

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni warned against using male circumcision as a safe-guard against HIV infections:

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has cautioned Ugandans not to consider male circumcision as the remedy and automatic control of HIV/AIDS infection.

He said messages promoting the practice were misguiding and may put the lives of many people in danger since it had not been proven to be scientifically true.

He said if male circumcision was the answer to HIV prevention, then Ugandans who conduct circumcision as a traditional belief or a religious practice would not contract the disease.

He, however, said there is proof that these people had contracted HIV and the disease prevails in their communities.

The President emphasised abstinence from premarital sex and faithfulness in marriage as the guarantee to a life free from HIV.

Museveni makes a great point: if circumcision prevented HIV in any way, then men already circumcised should never contract the disease. Yet that is not the case. In the United States, at least 70% of males are circumcised, yet a large number of men contracted the disease. Likewise, many African nations practice male circumcision, yet the rates of HIV and AIDS in Africa are incredibly high.

That alone should disprove the “science” showing that circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS, particularly since the “science” is based on an incomplete study. The circumcised men were recently circumcised and could have simply abstained from sex while the uncircumcised men continued to have unprotected sex. The study was stopped once the preliminary data showed a difference in the HIV acquisition rate between the two groups, apparently without any attempt to determine why that occurred. Instead, the researchers declared that circumcision prevents HIV, which prompted several countries to consider mandating circumcision.

There simply is no evidence supporting the theory that circumcision decreases the chances of getting, let alone preventing, HIV or AIDS. Indeed, the same scientists arguing for mass circumcision continually state that men and boys will still need to use condoms because circumcision does not protect against other STDS. It seems rather odd that circumcision could prevent only one type of STD. However, in men and boys still need condoms, why circumcised them at all? Circumcision does not make condoms any more effective than they already are.

Hopefully people will attempt to replicate the “results” of the incomplete study rather than just keep citing it. Perhaps if they test it themselves and see there is no real difference, then maybe fewer people would advocate mutilating boys and men solely for the purpose of protecting women from HIV and AIDS.

6 thoughts on “Some common sense on circumcision

  1. Circumcision does not prevent HIV/AIDS. It supposedly reduces the risk of contracting it. I say supposedly because the science isn’t really all that great. But even if its true, its irrelevant. Reduced risk is not the same as prevention, therefore even a circumsized man must still take precautions. the best of those precautions is wearing a condom. condoms + circumcsion are no more effective than condoms – circumcision , making circumcision irrelevant.. However, there is a chance that circumcision may actually increase the spread of HIV/AIDS. This being dur to the false belief that circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS. Many men, once circumcised, may believe they are protected and fail to use condoms which would actually increase the risk. women may believe this as well and fail to require the use of condoms. thus false beliefs surrounding circumcision may actually decrease the number of those persons who wear condoms.

    Circumcision was promoted in America and much of the world as being necessary for good hygiene. But it was really nothing more than a way for doctors to make a few extra dollars by performing an unnecessary procedure. People have realized this is a lie and the practice has been in decline for years. The medical community realizes that anticircumcision movement is gaining strength and has latched onto this research as a means to rekindle support for the dollars that are being lost by guilting parents into circumsizing their sons in order to protect them from disease. The procedure remains medically unnecessary.

    TDOM

  2. hey TS, are you in facebook ? its an easy way to create awareness on the issues in your posts. And discussions can be quick n easy

  3. I forwarded this post on to a friend and he responded and I was not anticipating the response that I got. I desired his opinion on the matter, although I was not trying to pry or to get personal at all. I bascially just wanted to know how he felt about the assertion that the procedure was medically unnecessary.

    I just basically scanned the article and didn’t have an opinion as my knowledge was always limited to what was practiced for health reasons. I thought it was a standard medical procedure performed on all male babies as it was seen as having positive health benefits. Live and learn.

    His response was that it is a practice that has fallen out of favor. He stated that he thought if normal hygienic care is taken, it is an unnecessary procedure.

    I don’t know…maybe doctor’s, as a reaction to their patients, saw far too many cases of men who did not practice good hygiene. I generally tend to steer clear of such topics anyway, given that I experience far too many people getting way too personal with me about their lives and problems and I don’t like it. At least online you can make a choice to participate or not and generally one doesn’t have to suffer the overly–aggressive miscreants, fools and idiots that seem to abound in all other areas of life.

  4. ……… ‘There is a movement of Jews who are questioning circumcision, and working to end this abuse of children. The movement ranges from the Orthodox to the secular, and includes mothers, fathers, scholars, historians, medical professionals, activists, and intellectuals.

    Jewish Groups for Genital Integrity

    * Jews Against Circumcision http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/

    * Brit Shalom Celebrants by Mark D. Reiss, M.D. http://www.circumstitions.com/Jewish-shalom.html

    * Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective by Ron Goldman, Ph.D. http://www.jewishcircumcision.org

    * The Current Judaic Movement to End Circumcision: Part 1
    http://intactnews.org/node/105/1311886372/jewish-voices-current-judaic-movement-end-circumcision-part-1

    The Kindest Un-Cut Feminism, Judaism, and My Son’s Foreskin by Professor Michael S. Kimmel
    http://www.cirp.org/pages/cultural/kimmel1/

    Jewish Intactivist Miriam Pollack has some great commentary on Foreskin Man in this recent interview.
    http://www.beyondthebris.com/2011/07/defying-convention-interview-with_27.html

    Jews Speak Out in Favor of Banning Circumcision on Minors
    http://intactnews.org/node/103/1311885181/jews-speak-out-favor-banning-circumcision-minors ”””””

  5. …… Many sites explain the problems of circumcision, and why it should be bypassed.

    The History of Circumcision
    http://www.historyofcircumcision.net/

    Intact America
    http://www.intactamerica.org/learnmore

    Doctors Opposing Circumcision
    http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/DOC/publications.html

    NOCIRC
    http://www.nocirc.org/about.php

    Students for Genital Integrity
    http://www.studentsforgenitalintegrity.org/ ………….

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