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August 16, 2013

PEPFAR Commits $11.4M for Circumcision in Zambia

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has committed $11.4 million to support voluntary male circumcision in Zambia to reduce HIV rates in the country, Zambia Daily Mail reports. Officials are working with chiefs and traditional leaders to implement the procedure widely among communities that do not usually practice male circumcision. Studies have shown that male circumcision can reduce heterosexual transmission of HIV by up to 60 percent.

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James Loewen, Vancouver, 2013-08-20 11:10:41
The Journal of Law and Medicine, has published a critique of those 3 randomized clinical trials that purported to find that male circumcision reduces female to male sexual transmission of HIV. This critique finds numerous flaws in the execution of these studies and finds that the actual reduction in HIV transmission is about 1.3 percent, not the claimed 60 percent. The 1.3 percent is not considered to be clinically significant. Cutting does not prevent HIV, that is medical fraud and racism.

Frederick Wright, Coachella Valley, 2013-08-16 12:04:56
USA AID may want to invest some of the money on clean water distribution, soap products, and hygiene education to help in the spread of HIV to go alone with the circumcision project.

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