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In the mistaken belief that this will help in stemming the growth of HIV/AIDS.
The Global Fund (an organization primarily funded by the Gates), The World Health Organization and the US Government aim to circumcise some 28 million African men between the ages of 15 to 49. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has been aggressively promoting this campaign to African governments and is quite determined that as many African nations as possible adopt this program which was designed for them by Western experts.
This initiative has gained the overwhelming support of the State Department as well as the U.N. in spite of mounting evidence that the RCTs (randomized controlled trials) performed in 2005 in Africa, which concluded that men who underwent circumcision were 60% less likely to contract HIV, were seriously flawed and administered largely by unqualified individuals with both financial and ideological conflicts of interest.The Head of National Aids Council of Zimbabwe had this to say about this rather barbaric practice. See here...
Most men, after circumcision, harbor the false impression that they have been equipped with an invisible condom, he added.Opponents of this program say that the practice...
Snip“The HIV prevalence rate among circumcised males between the ages of 15 and 49 in Zimbabwe is higher than that of the uncircumcised males owing to the misconception that circumcision completely shields people from HIV infection.Snip
“It is a worrying development that at a time when we are promoting male circumcision as a preventive measure to combat HIV, we are recording a high prevalence rate amongst the group that has been circumcised largely due to uninformed risky compensation behaviors,” he said.”
... violates human rights, squanders scarce resources, distracts from more effective HIV prevention methods and promotes a false sense of security when in fact a circumcised man still needs to use a condom to be protected against the HIV virus.Despite all that, however, Ms Clinton on behalf of our government, is pushing full steam ahead. This was taken from the joint communique which was issued after she visited South Africa in August of this year:
Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and Secretary Clinton noted the United States’ $3.2 billion contribution to South Africa’s HIV/AIDS programme which has helped South Africa reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV, lower the costs of antiretroviral therapies, and scale up prevention, including through a $40 million grant to the voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) Programme.This question came from Judy Mandelbaum in her article titled, Africa's male circumcision crusade: Boon or boondoggle? This is a question that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should answer, imho.
Condoms have proven to be vastly cheaper and far more effective than circumcision when it comes to reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS, and they also reliably prevent other sexually transmitted diseases as well as unwanted pregnancies. Why aren’t the UN and the Western nations showering Africa with condoms instead of removing men’s foreskins in what looks like an unprecedented social engineering experiment?The answer, to me, is very simple. They are doing it because they can. They can use black bodies as guinea pigs and get away with it. Shoot, this certainly wouldn't be the first time, would it?
The idea that circumcision can cure AIDS have led to mob action such as shown in the picture below. That man was chased through the streets of Mbale, Uganda, captured and then forcibly circumcised. This is becoming an acceptable way to avenge perceived wrongs by males of rival tribes.
“Police in Mbale have fired teargas and deployed heavily to disperse hooligans forcefully circumcising people on the streets including non-Bamasaba.
You may be thinking that this doesn't concern you as it is being done over there. Think again. The proponents of this theory - having decided that the African campaign was widely successful - have set their sights on American infants.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this week announced that a comprehensive review of medical evidence has shown that circumcision of newborn boys confers more advantages -- including reduced risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases -- than drawbacks.Thankfully this effort is getting vigorous push back from concerned organizations.
Randomized trials have convincingly shown that adult male circumcision can reduce the rate of HIV incidence by more than 50% in high-prevalence settings in sub-Saharan Africa, and scale-up of circumcision is now considered part of a comprehensive prevention approach
Infant boys do not engage in sexual intercourse so they are not subject to sexually-transmitted HIV infection. They, however, are subject to various complications of circumcision, including infection through an open circumcision wound with various pathogens, such as deadly CA-MRSA.38,39 Other risks include hemorrhage, exsanguination, and death;40 and various surgical accidents, including urethral fistula,41 penile denudation,42 and traumatic amputation of the glans penis.43 By the time today’s newborn boys became sexually active, HIV vaccine is likely to be available so circumcision today, in an attempt to prevent HIV infection in the distant future, is contraindicated.
Vaccine, as it is with other diseases, will be the best tool to contain HIV/AIDS. To that end, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (yes, the same ones who are supporting the circumcision of 28 million adult African males) have donated over $287 million to 16 research groups.
We applaud them for this even as we criticize them for their involvement in the circumcision program.
This policy of mass male circumcision is being carried out in our name and with our tax dollars. Did you know about it? Shouldn't there, at the very least, be some discussion about this subject?
Please note that this is not about circumcision as practiced for religious or cultural reasons. This is only about circumcision as it is being promoted as a method to stop HIV/AIDS.