Police raided a circumcision promoter’s home. The man was caught with a hoard of child porn. They found nine-hours' worth of clips showing boys as young as 11 engaging in sex acts. These videos ranked at the second-highest level of severity. He admitted 3 counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child.
A new Canadian study (published in the Journal of Men's Health) has found that personal circumcision status (rather than medical reasons) most strongly influences primary care physicians' recommendations for routine infant circumcision. The circumcision status of their sons was also found to significantly influence their recommendation.
The Mogen and Gomco devices have been blamed for injuries. One manufacturer no longer distributes the Mogen clamp, but it's still popular with mohels. In just 11 years the FDA has received 139 additional reports of problems related to circumcision clamps, including 51 injuries.
California legislators voted to pass AB-768, which was co-authored by two democratic legislators, Mike Gatto, Fiona Ma., and co-developed with representative Brad Sherman. It's being put forth as an “urgency bill". AB-768 is endorsing a practice that's actively cautioned against by well-respected medical associations from the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Vote against this bill here (it's not too late).
Doctors and ethicists are embroiled in a dispute with Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi over fears that babies' foreskins will be sold illicitly to the global cosmetics industry.
Africa may be viewed as the new source of discarded virgin foreskins to sustain a multi-million-dollar industry. Discarded human foreskins are used in the cosmetics industry, in the manufacture of insulin and artificial skin.
Bill's media grants have spelled out coverage topics, including male circumcision. With virtually every major player in global health—many in education—receiving Gates' money, it's clear the foundation's voice is amplified.
USAID is paying for circumcisions in Swaziland. $15-million to circumcise 160,000 men and teens within a year. "Recruiters" are deployed nationwide, combing the streets, persuading men to go to clinics or mobile surgical units housed in tents--their message backed up by a huge advertising campaign.
|Man Says: "nice to have|
sex without condoms."
Interestingly, Swaziland is one of the many African countries where HIV is more prevalent in circumcised men. See p.256, table 14.10
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"We are still waiting to see the data showing the efficacy, safety and acceptability..." says Tim Farley, scientist with the WHO.
Note: Rwanda has a higher HIV rate among circumcised men. See p.10, table 15.6