Category Archives: Africa

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 … Continue reading

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RWANDA: In HIV-ravaged Rwanda, government comes up with two great reasons to skip the condom

The BBC reports that circumcisions and vasectomies will be offered together in a one-stop shopping experience to at once reduce population and HIV. Critics have derided the effort as a way to speed population decline by spreading HIV … . … Continue reading

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AVAC STUDY: Medical male circumcision effect on women likely universally bad

A bunch of focus groups were set up in East Africa to determine women’s attitudes and perceptions (shaped no doubt by experience) to medical male circumcision. All the findings came out negative. From believing that male circumcision is by definition … Continue reading

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ZIMBABWE: A familiar fear – one intervention at a time, likely the norm in HIV prevention

Many critics of the African circumcision trials drew the obvious conclusion that a push for male circumcision in Africa and elsewhere would result in a corresponding drop in condom use. In a partially useful risk reduction intervention, such a result … Continue reading

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AIDSMAP: Contrary evidence for treatment-as-prevention “demands giant pause,” contrary evidence for male circumcision not so much

With so much room for things to go wrong, the rush to roll out male circumcision has perplexed most dispassionate observers. Yet similar doubts regarding treatment-as-prevention has gained detractors calling for a “a giant pause” in light of a few … Continue reading

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