Contrary to the UN's official pro-mutilation (of men) policy, surveys throughout South African men have revealed that genital mutilation of men has no bearing in the prevention of HIV.
It begs the question of why the UN would adopt such a position and spread myths regarding HIV transmission rates which claim to 'help women' (disregarding men's health & sexual integrity).
Circumcision and Alexithymia
A preliminary study investigated the role that distressing experiences (such as mutilating one's genitals by hacking off some 20,000 nerves) in the early stages of life may have in relation to alexithymia (difficulty in identifying and expressing feelings) acquisition for adults by controlling for male circumcision. Three hundred (300) self selected men were administered the Toronto Twenty-Item Alexithymia Scale checklist and a personal history questionnaire.
The circumcised men had:
- age-adjusted alexithymia scores twenty (20) percent higher than the intact men;
- were over one & a half (1.57) times more likely to have high alexithymia scores;
- were two and a third (2.30) times less likely to have low alexithymia scores;
- had higher prevalence of two of the three alexithymia factors (difficulty identifying feelings and difficulty describing feelings);
- were nearly five (4.53) times more likely to use an erectile dysfunction drug.
This is a statistically significant number of men experiencing alexithymia in relation to circumcision distress and for drugs used for erectile dysfunction.
Circumcision and Premature Ejaculation
While premature ejaculation is common, it has been under-reported and under-treated and it is likely lacking in study material. The study intended to determine the frequency of premature ejaculation and to discover associated factors of premature ejaculation. This cross-section study was conducted at a primary care clinic over a three-month period back in 2008. Men aged from 18 to 70 years attending the clinic were asked to participate and they completed self-administered questionnaires. A total of 207 men were recruited with a response rate of 93.2%. The mean age was 46.0 years. The frequency of premature ejaculation was 40.6%. No significant association was found between age and premature ejaculation. Analysis showed that erectile dysfunction, circumcision, and sexual intercourse =5 times in 4 weeks were predictors of premature ejaculation.
Circumcision and Sexual Difficulties
Around 5% of men in Denmark are mutilated [circumcised]. A new survey has been documented examining associations between circumcision and a range of sexual measures of both men & women. Unsurprisingly, circumcised men had higher report rates for sexual issues such as orgasm difficulties. Meanwhile, women with a circumcised spouse also had higher report rates of unfulfilled sex lives and difficulties. Primarily their complaints focused on orgasm difficulties as well as painful intercourse. Given this, surely further investigation is required regarding the so-called benefits of mutilating baby boys.
Circumcision Benefits Overstated & Premature
Many articles in the popular press and scientific journals still tow the PC line by promoting circumcision as a 'cost-effective' means to combat HIV, despite there being no genuine explanation for such beliefs outside the UN's own wishes to mutilate SA men for women's alleged benefits.
At the very least, this community should consider deeply how their presentation to the policy makers as well as the wider audience may be interpreted or misinterpreted. While news casters repeat unfounded claims along the lines of "circumcision in men reduces HIV by 60%" there is currently no actual data to support this claim.
As it currently stands, it appears the pro-mutilation lobby (e.g. The UN amongst others) simply only seeks to reduce financial needs while promoting the opposite sex as the beneficiaries to men's sacrifice of a healthy sex-life.
An article endorsed by thirty-two professionals questions the results of three highly publicized African circumcision studies. The studies claim that circumcision reduces HIV transmission, and they are being used to promote circumcisions. Substantial evidence in this article refutes the claim of the studies.
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- Circumcision is associated with increased transmission of HIV to women.
- Conditions for the studies were unlike conditions found in real-world settings. In short, the studies used were manufactured to produce the desired results.
- Many other studies show that male circumcision is not associated with reduced HIV transmission.
- The U.S. has a high rate of HIV infection and a high rate of circumcision. Other countries have low rates of circumcision and low rates of HIV infection.
- Condoms are 95 times more cost effective in preventing HIV transmission as well as most other sexual diseases.
- Circumcision is mutilation and removal of perfectly healthy, functioning, unique tissue, raising ethical issues.
In England, where mutilation of boys is quite rare but still legal and practised commonly, medical professionals have found an amazing method of cleaning up penile infections without resorting to barbaric mutilation. Apparently, Mother nature is happy for boys to retain the full functionality of their penises. Skip to the 1:00 (one minute) mark to hear this 'amazing new' method that is taking the medical world by storm.
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Bollinger, D. and Van Howe, R. , "Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma: A Preliminary Investigation," International Journal of Men's Health (2011);184-195.
Tang, W. and Khoo, E. "Prevalence and Correlates of Premature Ejaculation in a Primary Care Setting: A Preliminary Cross-Sectional Study," Journal of Sexual Medicine (2011) Apr 14.
Frisch, M., Lindholm, M., and Grønbæk, M., "Male Circumcision and Sexual Function in Men and Women: A Survey-based, Cross-sectional Study in Denmark," International Journal of Epidemiology (2011);1–15.
Fox, M. and Thomson, M., "HIV/AIDS and Circumcision : Lost in Translation," Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (2010):798-801.
Green, L. et al., "Male Circumcision and HIV Prevention: Insufficient Evidence and Neglected External Validity," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 39 (2010): 479-82.