IRIN PlusNews: Stupid Talk with Stephen “Orgy of Male Bonding” Lewis

Five minutes online and you will discover that there is a very vocal opposition to infant male circumcision for profoundly important ethical and practical reasons. While Canadian Stephen “Orgy of Male Bonding” Lewis may not like it, he can hardly claim shock and dismay at the fact that male circumcision is not a popular choice in the HIV/AIDS prevention community except in places where money-driven NGOs dominate areas where the public sector is weak and ineffectual.

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image / flickr / makeroadssafe / Stephen Lewis, Hypnotist (Stephen Lewis, Former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS)

Lewis, whose son, Avi Lewis, is married to noted Leftist activist and author, Naomi Klein, is not an advocate without a conflict of interest in this push. He operates a charity, AIDS Free World, which is active in pushing the circumcisionists agenda and espouses an AIDS exceptionalism much decried in the last few years. He’s also on record stating he has shared moments of emotional bonding with other men over his being circumcised himself.

In the article excerpted below, he claims that we knew circumcision reduced HIV infection in the 1990s and laments that the world waited for some evidence, however scanty and unclear, before doling out millions of US taxpayer dollars to bum rush millions of panicked and gullible Africans into submitting to the procedure. Lewis demonstrates a brazen certitude underlying the gusto with which several East African countries have embraced one more spigot of AIDS funding pouring into the region.

HIV/AIDS: Straight Talk with Stephen Lewis

Q: What is the hardest truth about the fight against HIV that we are not facing?

A: The recognition that there are HIV prevention interventions that would work if only the world would galvanize around them.

Look how long it took us to implement male circumcision. We knew in the 1990s that male circumcision was a way of reducing HIV infection for men. We waited until we had a plethora of studies and didn’t get going until 2005. Paula [Donovan, AIDS-Free World co-director], in the year 2000, suggested circumcision [should] coincide with immunization for babies. If that had been done, we would soon be receiving the benefits of that but everybody laughed it off.

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One Response to IRIN PlusNews: Stupid Talk with Stephen “Orgy of Male Bonding” Lewis

  1. I would love to see people get as excited about solving hunger and malnutrition in Africa as they do about circumcision in solving HIV. If they really cared about well-being… I would think that’s where they would start.
    Just sayin’.

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