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2019-11-27 PEPFAR will cease infant circumcisions as supposed HIV prevention, but will use risky Shang Ring in 2020

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  • 2019-11-27 PEPFAR will cease infant circumcisions as supposed HIV prevention, but will use risky Shang Ring in 2020

    Film maker Brendon Marotta has studied the 2020 proposed program draft for PEPFAR (which has in the past funneled US tax dollars to circumcision programs in Africa in a misguided attempt to fight HIV). He notes that they are suspending any infant circumcision programs due to a high number of botch jobs.
    PEPFAR Plans To End Infant Circumcision Campaign In Africa

    He also reports that the precariously risky Shang Ring disposable circumcising device is to be used on millions of males so that a risk factor can be calculated.
    PEPFAR To Experiment On African Children With The ShangRing

    There is a period for public feedback on the plan. Your polite reasoned comments would help PEPFAR see their folly.
    https://www.state.gov/pepfar-cop-20-...public-comment

    My comment regarding section 6.2.5.1 Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision:
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    PEPFAR needs to stop advocating for circumcision to fight HIV until the 2009 Uganda trial by Wawer/Gray et al is reproduced. They found that the men they circumcised infected their female partners 50% MORE often than the men they left intact did. But the trial was not carried to the planned finish so there is no way to know how huge this problem is.

    Regardless of the finding, informed adults can decide for themselves if losing sexual pleasure parts through risky circumcision is a better choice than other HIV mitigation strategies. Forced genital cutting of children is unethical.

    Most of the US men who have died of AIDS were circumcised at birth. The mostly-circumcised US has over twice the HIV prevalence of mostly-intact Europe. Tell VMMC candidates the truth.

    -Ron Low
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    -Ron Low
    [email protected]
    847 414-1692 Chicago

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    At least this time they're publicly acknowledging that they're deliberately exposing children to risk of injury... or rather, injury more serious than what's intended.

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