Male circumcision and HIV
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|Wed, 06-09-2010 - 8:10pm|
I'm sure it's been discussed here many times before, but I just got into an online debate with a female friend of mine about male circumcision.
She said that there's possible less risk of infection and it's easier to clean. I responded with that the inner prepuce has self-cleaning bacteria. I started talking about complications like loss of sensitivity, keratinization of the glans, and potential death from blood loss in newborns. I compared it to the removal of the clitoral hood and she said it was a poor comparison, and I said it's the same because they perform the same function. She retorted that it's not really something to get up in arms about compared to a lot of other wrongs in the world, and the information I posted on the death from blood loss (which was posted here) was unreliable because it wasn't a conclusion from a peer reviewed medical journal and it is susceptible to bias. I was like okay, but that doesn't resolve the aspect of the infant's rights. She then sent me stuff about HIV infection rates from studies from Uganda. Which was hard for me to read because it had a lot of statistical jargon in it and I can't decipher that stuff like she can. I responded that it may be more relevant to countries with HIV problems, but not the US, which HIV infection has more to do with male-to-male sex and IV drugs than male-to-female sex. I also asked her (supposing that it was true) how that's a strong argument for RIC since children aren't out having sex, and I doubt hetero adolescent sex is a big demographic for HIV transmission in this country. We said more, but that was the meat of the debate. She concluded that she's not very pro or anti, and would probably leave the decision up to her husband if she had a son, since she doesn't have a penis.
My question to you guys are, what is your opinion of the African studies (or any studies for that matter) that have shown lowered rates of HIV infection with circumcised men compared to uncircumcised men? I'm sure you've guys have addressed this before, but I haven't been around here for too long. I have a hard time understanding a lot of the studies.