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December 14, 2006

Circumcision and HIV

So the results of the trials are in and it is true, circumcision reduces HIV infection rates.

Circumcision can halve the risk of a man picking up the HIV infection which leads to Aids, scientists in the United States said last night. Two major trials, in Kenya and Uganda, have confirmed what doctors and campaigners have suspected and hoped for several years. The results have major implications for the fight against the Aids pandemic raging in Africa and Asia.

Excellent, something long thought to be true now proven. But:

Yesterday Kevin de Cock, head of the World Health Organisation's HIV/Aids department,

Was there ever someone better named for their job?

December 14, 2006 in Health Care | Permalink

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Well, well, well. The "health professionals" play catch-up once again - 43 years (or rather in view of the Old Testament laws, 3000 years) late.

Google "None of These Diseases" by Christian doctors S. I. McMillen and David E. Stern
to see reviews of a book first written in 1963(!!!) which gave scientific evidence supporting the hypothesis that circumcision reduces the risk of transmission of infections, cervical cancer and penile cancer. Oh, that had, of course, to be accompanied by abstinence outside marriage and faithfulness within marriage. Now, which group most strongly opposes that message lately - why those same "health professionals". Whitewashed sepulchres, more like.

Posted by: The jabberwock | Dec 14, 2006 10:18:30 AM

Unfortunate line break on the Guardian online front page at the moment:

"Circumcision can halve HIV risk"

"Study outcome could mean huge cut
in infection rates."

... ouch ...

Posted by: Lyndon | Dec 14, 2006 11:25:36 AM

Not if you're taking it up your bottie it won't...

Posted by: Steve | Dec 14, 2006 12:45:13 PM

Was there ever someone better named for their job?

Lars de Cock?

Posted by: dearieme | Dec 14, 2006 1:02:44 PM