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May 22, 2013

Circumcision Goal Unmet in Swaziland

An HIV prevention program to circumcise 80 percent of males ages 15 to 49 in Swaziland within a year falls far short of its goal, IRIN reports. Launched in 2010, the Accelerated Saturation Initiative is a partnership between the health and social welfare ministry and the Futures Group, a U.S.–based international development firm. The initiative was extended to 2012 when early efforts were not succeeding. To date, the program has circumcised about 20 percent of its target population. About $15 million was spent on the program. Swazi health officials are still trying to figure out what went wrong.

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Mark Lyndon, , 2013-05-29 11:30:29
Swazi men are *more* likely to have HIV if they've been circumcised - 19.5% of intact Swazi men have HIV 21.8% of circumcised Swazi men have HIV (figures from Other countries where circumcised men are *more* likely to be HIV+ include Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. That's at least seven African countries where men are more likely to be HIV+ if they've been circumcised, and yet they're promoting circumcision to prevent HIV. Why??

Bob, , 2013-05-28 14:05:03
Why won't these happy, healthy men let us cut their genitals? It's so much easier to do it to non consenting infants and boys.

Brother K, Sacramento, California, 2013-05-28 13:35:13
Hey, it just proves African men are smarter than the Americans who try to force circumcision on them. Back to the drawing board, circumcisers... try Antarctica maybe...

Patricia Robinett, Eugene, 2013-05-28 11:17:37
Circumcisers underestimated men in Swaziland. That's why American doctors target infants - babies can't say "NO!" I pray this practice will end very soon. It has hurt enough people, ruined enough relationships. Circumcision obviously doesn't prevent HIV - the US has the highest rate of HIV among industrialized countries and also the highest rate of circumcision. BRAVO, SWAZILAND!

Karen Glennon, , 2013-05-28 11:11:23
Sexual health is maintained by using condoms and minimizing sexual partners. Removal of the foreskin changes the mechanics of sexual intercourse and causes the normally sensitive protected end of the penis to be constantly exposed, causing it to callous and loose sensitivity. These circumcised men will NOT be willing to wear a condom after circumcision. I fear that this misguided campaign will increase HIV in circumcised men.

Benjamin Selfridge, Austin, 2013-05-28 10:56:40
Good, I'm glad the US's campaign to spread our take on genital mutilation has not fooled African men. The blatant racism here should be pretty clear to everyone - According to this program, African men are too stupid to know how to clean themselves, and therefore we need to cut off the ends of their penises. What a horrible country I live in.

James Loewen, Vancouver, BC, 2013-05-28 10:25:43
Perhaps those "officials" who are wondering "what went wrong" with the campaign to promote circumcision to "prevent HIV" should consider the obvious, cutting a man's foreskin off does not prevent HIV infection. The politics behind this medical fraud needs to be understood. Those who are promoting this nonsense are motivated by money and power. The so called studies that the claims of circumcision efficacy rest on are deeply flawed. Female partners of cut men are at more risk.

Jerry Burton, Fredericksburg, 2013-05-23 14:40:48
Why circumsize, there is NO proof this helps.

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