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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">24 May 2007 - SAPA. Male circumcision should not be seen as a "silver bullet" in fighting HIV infection, University of Cape Town researchers said in a paper published in the latest issue of the SA Medical Journal.<br>
The evidence for the preventive benefit of male circumcision was "rather modest", and did not warrant "heroic policies or practices", humanities student Alex Myers and co-author, public health professor Jonny Myers, said.<br><br><br><br><b>"The current zeal and naive enthusiasm for promoting circumcision as an Aids prevention tool show lack of regard for the limited degree of benefit likely," they said.</b><br>
Potential harm included the possibility that newly-circumcised men would feel less inhibited about having risky sex. There was also the threat of surgical complications "and worse" from the operation itself, and increased costs and strain on thinly stretched health services.<br>
Recent research had shown that HIV infection was about three times more likely as a result of the circumcision procedure itself in three African settings -- Kenya, Lesotho and Tanzania. One should also not lose sight of the ethical issues of circumcising non-consenting infants.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The authors said that in the Eastern Cape, where most men were circumcised, the HIV prevalence rate was not meaningfully lower than in KwaZulu-Natal, where most were not.<br>
They also said it was useful in weighing up circumcision to ask how consistent attitudes were on preventive surgery.<br>
A Tanzanian study had found that female circumcision reduced HIV transmission. Biologically, the explanation for this was probably the same as for male circumcision.<br>
If female circumcision was medicalised in a similar way to male circumcision, it could be made safer and less damaging. "The downplaying of these facts in the media is a powerful reflection of Western cultural attitudes," they said.<br><br><br><br><b>"We have already decided that female circumcision is an appalling human rights violation and so do not even flirt with the idea of using it as an HIV prevention tool. "Similar arguments apply to mastectomy in teenage girls, even though this would be effective to prevent breast cancer in later life. "The difference with male circumcision is that it is still tolerated in Western and other parts of the world, rendering it politically acceptable."<br>
This tended to lower ethical barriers to recommending male circumcision as an HIV/Aids prevention measure.</b></td>
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Very well put!
 

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Oh my goodness!<br><br>
COMMON SENSE!<br><br>
RATIONALE!<br><br>
LOGIC!<br><br>
Please, provide the link for this. I hope people spread this on the mainstream boards, because you know the mainstream media will not pick up on this like they picked up on the pro-circ propaganda.
 

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ops meant to provide link. its in a few places:<br><br><a href="http://www.africa-interactive.net/index.php?PageID=4620" target="_blank">http://www.africa-interactive.net/index.php?PageID=4620</a><br><br><a href="http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2115519,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.news24.com/News24/South_A...115519,00.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=308847&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/" target="_blank">http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx...ews__national/</a>
 

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WOOT!<br><br>
The pro-circ loon boons thought that no Africans would question their propaganda. HA! The Africans have proved them wrong. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap">
 

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BUMP!<br><br>
We should be talking about this more. Especially considering how much attention the original studies got in the mainstream media.
 

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I'm not sure what to talk about, but I sure love love love this article! Can I just say a big "YEAH, THAT!" to Papai!! He nailed my feelings. Such logic, it's astounding! I wish everyone could think like South Africa!!
 

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Nice to read something LOGICAL for a change!
 

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Wow<br><br>
It just makes me so glad to see that someone is thinking about this rationally. The US press on this issue has been so giddy and far-fetched. Even after the NY Health dept wrote a letter to the NY Times to say that they were not promoting circ, only looking at the studies to see if they were relevant to the U.S. population, papers everywhere continued to report that NY was going to offer free circumcision to stop the spread of HIV.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I found the reporting on the issue to be strangely incomplete.
 

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It just makes me so glad to see that someone is thinking about this rationally. The US press on this issue has been so giddy and far-fetched. Even after the NY Health dept wrote a letter to the NY times to say that they were not promoting circ, only looking at they studies to see if they were relevant to the U.S. population, papers everywhere continued to report that NY was going to offer free circumcision to stop the spread of HIV.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I found the reporting on the issue to be strangely incomplete.</div>
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Strangely incomplete?<br><br>
How about misleading and irresponsible!<br><br>
The whole HIV/Circ thing is what drove me here and to get even more involved with the intactivists. Being intact I knew I liked being intact and didn't want to circ my kids but that was it. But the insinuation that circ could reduce HIV by <b>60%</b> and that because of this "fact" the WHO and the World Bank would be promoting circ boiled my blood. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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If anyone knows a journalist or a medical professional, I request that you send this article out to them. We need to do the end run around all the<br>
misinformation that has been put out. When people know they were<br>
messed with once, it will be hard to make them believe it again in future.
 

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<a href="http://www.africa-interactive.net/index.php?PageID=4620" target="_blank">http://www.africa-interactive.net/index.php?PageID=4620</a>
 
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