I have very little to say about Auvert’s new report from Orange Farm. It is unclear how sound these results are. I cannot begin to dissect them. I encourage those knowledgeable enough about the science to do so.
The real issue here for me is whether an alleged 76% protective effect warrants initiating non-voluntary infant circumcision campaigns. They obviously think it does. The question again is whether informed consent is really being obtained. I posit that it is not because the ignorant cannot be counted on to inform circumcision candidates what will be lost forever.
Our job is to hammer home the effects of circumcision on comfort, pleasure and satisfaction – and to verify or debunk the results offered by those on the ground. We cannot do that from thousands of miles away in North America or Europe. We go to Africa to do the objective verification and social science research left undone today or sit it out and let the circumcisers drive developments. It can’t be any more stark than that.