Monday, August 29, 2011

New African HIV Research claiming 76% reduction is flawed

New African research claiming circumcision reduces HIV infections by 76% actually compared young men who were interested  and participated in the circumcision HIV prevention program who were given health care, education and other resources vs older men who were not interested and didnt participate in the program and were not resourced by the programmers, and Researchers found a difference in infection rates? Is this surprising?  You are talking about 2 different types of men with different beliefs, values and behaviours.  One group that cares about HIV prevention and is prepared to receive help, have a healthy body part removed, and to change their behaviour to more safe sex, versus another group which cares less about HIV prevention, does not want to participate in a prevention program, and is most probably less prepared to change their behaviour.  Yet these researchers just focus on the variable of Circumcision.

HELLO which variables are causing the change!!!!!! This is typical procirc propaganda and   Disingenuous Science & Reporting!!  And as usual the media reports it as fact!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What to say to dr's & nurses about foreskin retraction

It can be difficult to communicate with those in positions of power or authority so here is just one suggestions on how to make this easier.  Many other sources have other suggestions.

In our decision to keep our son intact and refuse circumcision we have adopted the medical/health models from non-circumcision cultures which understand and  value the foreskin.  In those cultures the foreskin is seen as normal and healthy, and the foreskin is not retracted until the boy retracts it himself.  Anatomically the foreskin is fused to the glans and separates naturally, and this is seen as a normal developmental process.  Forceably retracting the foreskin is seen as harmful, and can cause health problems including infections.   We would appreciate that you respect our position and or refer us on if you cannot.  (You can type/copy this and hand to doctors)

If the doctor or nurse responds to you with health reasons to retract.  You can respond by saying, that In cultures that value the foreskin like the Europeans, Men are healthier, live longer, and have less STI/HIV and penile cancer than circumcised American men, and therefore you want to follow the genito/urinary practices of the European health authorities which say no to premature retraction.