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Jill2000Plus
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7960798.stm

This worries me, particularly the bit about black and hispanic people having the highest rates of HIV, cervical cancer and herpes, surely this is more to do with lack of access to sexual health care disproportionately affecting racial minorities and poor people and the prevalence of abstinence education than men not being circumcised? I hate how everyone jumps to circumcision as a magical cure for every sexual health problem when there are so many solutions that don't involve cutting off parts of somebody's genitalia without their consent.

[ 08-29-2009, 03:58 PM: Message edited by: Jill2000Plus ]

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That study in Uganda that the article mentions rubs me the wrong way. They actually circumcised adult men in order to study whether or not they were more likely to catch HIV with a foreskin. Of course the circumcised men contracted less STIs! Their penises would likely hurt immensely if they even got an erection right after circumcision, let alone tried to have intercourse! They would have engaged in less sex, period. And the guy at the end makes an excellent point - if you don't practice safer sex, you're putting yourself at risk for STIs, foreskin or not.
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I was also irked by the doctor's comment about sleeping around, not least because if you have one partner with an STI you are at more risk of contracting it than if you have multiple partners without STIs, I am further angered that instead of blaming the religious organisations that try and make out condoms are ineffective, sinful or dangerous or the ongoing worldwide misogyny and encouragement of machoness that lead to anti condom and pro rape attitudes amongst men or the lack of resources and education that encourage the spread of infection through dirty water and lack of hygiene (alongside myths that you can catch the disease in ways that you can't like through shared utensils or kissing which just discourage affection showing), they think "what's a way we can do something about HIV without attacking the homophobic, erotophobic, misogynistic, theocratic, racist, exploitative culture that has made the disease so widespread and is bad regardless?"

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