UGANDA: President slams genital cutting for HIV prevention

MBARARA – As the president of Uganda Yoweri Museveni launched his presidential Fast- track initiative on ending HIV and AIDS in Uganda by 2030, he strongly criticized circumcision as a way to prevent contraction of HIV/AIDS but rather asked people to refrain themselves from having unprotected sex.

Museveni noted that Ugandans have failed to appreciate that AIDS does not spread like Ebola where you don’t have to greet the infected person, he says HIV spreads through one way of having unprotected sex with an infected person and that this is very easy to be avoided.

He said this while launching his initiative in south western Uganda and was held at Isingiro district headquarters where all representatives from 16 districts attended.

Museveni castigated the talk of circumcision in efforts to prevent and reducing transmission and contraction of HIV.

“I have always heard people and partners saying that when you are circumcised you don’t contract the virus, does your body become armoured simply because you are circumcised? That’s nonsense, if its preventive, how come those in the religion where they circumcise have the virus?, I think the message should avoid sex which is not protected.”

He said this has confused the masses, “before we started this campaign the HIV prevalence was at 18% then it dropped to 6% but when they started this talk of circumcision it confused the masses then it went up to now 7.3%, there is much laxity among the members of the public and that’s why we need to fast-track the awareness so that by 2030 there is no virus in Uganda.”

Museveni further said that after testing and then introduced to ARVs, that person can live longer suppress the viral load to the extent that the infected person but on ARVs can no longer transmit the virus.

However, he noted that the public should not celebrate that the government brought ARVs and they live careless lives. Museveni said that these ARVS also have a side effect on one’s health. He said that they can cause kidney failure, shrinking of the born and can cause mumps.

It should be noted that the presidential Fast-Track initiative has a 90-90-90 targets whereby they say at least 90% of all HIV positive persons identified through responsive HIV testing service, at least 90% of all identified HIV positive persons enrolled on ARVs and at least 90%of all persons on HIV treatment adhering to treatment in order to attain and sustain viral suppression.

 

It shows further that at least 1.4 millions of people in Uganda live with HIV of these 1,041,000 are enrolled in care and 980,954 are on ARV treatment.

Patrick Keihwa Besigye the chairman LCV for kabala who doubles as the vice chairman ULGA who spoke on behalf of all chairmen from 16 districts said that they have realized that the percentage of men who go for testing is still minimal as compared to women. He noted that so far 45% of men only go for testing and 90% of women go for testing which he said is still a big challenge.

 

http://www.pmldaily.com/news/2018/10/museveni-castigates-circumcision-as-away-to-prevent-hiv-aids.html

Medical male circumcision: is the HIV prevention claim wrong?

A study has found that medically circumcised older men in Mpumalanga have a higher rate of HIV than uncircumcised men

 

Circumcision is a proven intervention that reduces the chance of contracting HIV by 60%, but to scientists’ surprise, a study has found that medically circumcised older men in Mpumalanga had a higher rate of HIV than uncircumcised men.

The findings appear to suggest that it needs to be communicated to both men and women that circumcision does not offer 100% protection against HIV.

The study, published in the PLOS ONE journal on August 1, was conducted by Indiana University professors Molly Rosenberg and Till Barnighausen from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, together with professors Kathleen Kahn and Stephen Tollman from the Wits Rural Health in Transition and Agincourt Research Unit.

The researchers surveyed about 2,345 Mpumalanga men, who were 40 years and older.

 

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/health/2018-08-14-medical-male-circumcision-is-the-hiv-prevention-claim-wrong/

Read: Study finds circumcised men have higher HIV rate than uncircumcised ones

The study was conducted by the Indiana University and has painted a scary picture of the claim of HIV prevention.


A study has shown that circumcised men in the Mpumalanga province have a higher rate of HIV than those who are not circumcised.

The findings appear to suggest that it needs to be communicated to both men and women that circumcision does not offer 100% protection against HIV according to reports.

Published in the PLOS ONE journal this month it surveyed over 2 300 men across the province who were 40 years and older.

It was conducted by professors from the Indiana and Wits Universities.

One of the professors Molly Rosenberg and Till Barnighausen say it is important to note that circumcision still works to reduce the risk of contracting HIV – with over 27 studies have proved this.

But in this latest study the result has showed the opposite.

Men who reported being circumcised in hospital through voluntary medical male circumcision when older had an HIV prevalence rate of 31% meaning that almost one in three men were positive.

There are three possible theories for the counterintuitive finding Rosenberg and Barnighausen explained.

The first of their three theories is that HIV positive men are opting for circumcision at higher rates.

This may be because they may already be going to clinics and getting antiretrovirals and then make use of other services available at the clinic.

The second theory is that men who are at higher risk of contracting HIV because they have many sexual partners or do not like using condoms opt for circumcision because they think it is a safe solution.

However they then still get HIV from unprotected sex.

It could also be still in accordance with the second theory that men engage in riskier sexual behaviour after circumcision because they know they are at a decreased risk.

But the researchers say the second theory is probably the least likely explanation because multiple studies have showed no evidence for this kind of risk compensation after medical male circumcision.

Deputy director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute said if men are taking greater sexual risks after circumcision communication about it needs to change.

“This well-conducted study should make us carefully look at our messaging around circumcision so that we don’t lose some of the impact of this effective intervention” professor Francois Venter from Wits said.

And the third theory is that HIV-positive men are more likely to get circumcised. The study says government policy that HIV-negative men must get circumcised and awareness about its protective effects “gives the false impression that circumcised men are safer sex partners”.

“If HIV-positive men actually take up the circumcision procedure at high rates … [and are seen by women as safer] it may have the unintended consequence of increasing HIV transmission” reads the statement of the finding.

The study also found that uncircumcised men 40 years and older in Mpumalanga showed an HIV prevalence rate of 24% – which means that 1 in 4 men above 40 was HIV positive.

Those circumcised through initiation while they were young had a prevalence of 16% showing that getting circumcised younger really does reduce the risk of HIV.

The researchers wrote: “In our study population of over 2000 men only a quarter reported being circumcised which is actually lower than the national estimate of circumcision rates. So any social desirability bias potentially distorting our findings is unlikely to be very large.

“We strongly support universal circumcision of all HIV-men in SA because it is known with certainty that circumcision biologically protects against HIV-based on three large well-conducted randomised controlled trials.”

 

https://013.co.za/2018/08/20/study-finds-circumcised-men-higher-hiv-rate/

2 elderly men forcefully circumcised at Soy market

– One of the men was ambushed while on his way home from work and circumcised in public – The other one was also ambushed while going about his daily activities and cut against his will – The second man is reported to be recuperating well at his employer’s place – The incidents happened on separate days despite warning from authorities against forcing others to undergo the cut Two men have been forcefully circumcised at Soy Market on the border of Uasin Gishu and Kakamega counties. According to eye witnesses, the first man, 47-year-old Michael Iremi, was circumcised against his wish on Thursday, August 9, in the presence of other men. Read more: https://www.tuko.co.ke/283113-2-elderly-men-forcefully-circumcised-soy-market.html#283113

Facials using mutilated Korean baby boys foreskins “are the luxury trend celebs are loving!”

Attention, skincare devotees: If you really want to take your face to the next level, you might want to try a penis facial.

No, we’re not talking about smothering your face in semen or popping a sheet mask on your peen.

This might be an even stranger concept – but a bunch of celebs are doing it, so naturally, we’re intrigued.

 

The penis facial is the catchy name for what’s professional known as an EGF (epidermal growth factor) facial, which uses stem cells from the foreskins of circumcised Korean boys.

Stem cells work to encourage skin cells to turn over rapidly and regenerate, so they’re often used for brightening, exfoliating, and healing the skin – similarly to enzyme facials.

But Georgia Louise’s version of a stem cell facial is getting some extra attention, because she uses foreskin stem cells – hence the ‘penis facial’ nickname.

Once the stem cells are harvested from foreskins, they’re infused into the skin using a microneedling technique to stimulate regeneration and collagen production. That’s a similar technique to another celeb-loved treatment, the vampire facial, which involves separating the protein rich plasma from your own blood and having that microneedled back into the skin.

 

‘The facial includes a cleanse, followed by an intensive TCA peel, micro-needling machine and an electrifying mask to calm the skin, followed by her ‘secret box’ of EGF serum (Epidermal Growth Factor),’ Georgia Louise explains on her treatment menu.

‘EGF is derived from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean newborn baby foreskin – which helps to generate collagen and elastin.

‘FDA approved stem cells and peptides are penetrated deep into the skin using a special electric micro-needling wand.

‘This process allows the active ingredients to be transported deep in the skin by creating temporary micro-channel.’

The reason foreskins are used is because younger skin has better quality stem cells.

In Korea, boys tend to be circumcised, so their foreskins are an easy way to access young skin; especially as South Korea is home to so many stem cell banks.

 

The treatment jumped on to our radar after Cate Blanchett revealed that she and Sandra Bullock had the facial done while in New York.

‘Sandy Bullock and I saw this facialist in New York,’ Cate told Vogue Australia, ‘and she gives what we call the penis facial.

‘It’s something – I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s just because it smells a bit like sperm – there’s some enzyme in it, so Sandy refers to it as the penis facial.’

Lovely.

Cate and Sandra aren’t the only fans of Georgia Louise’s work – her website also has glowing testimonials from Emma Stone and Katy Perry. Both have great skin, so maybe a penis facial really is the way forward.

The only catch, other than being comfortable with using circumcised foreskin on your face? The facial is bloody pricey – you’ll need to have at least $650 (£465) handy.

http://metro.co.uk/2018/03/15/penis-facials-luxury-skincare-trend-celebs-loving-7388432/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

3 Ways Corporations Profit Off Harvesting Baby Foreskin

http://thinkaboutnow.com/2016/03/3-wayscorporationsprofitoffbaby-foreskin14/

 

Presently in the US, a baby is circumcised every 25 seconds. The surgery involves cutting the foreskin off a part of a penis, generally without anesthesia, for absolutely no medical benefit in the hopes that a baby will look like their dad. Is this over exaggeration? Not exactly.

The foreskin is the most sensitive part of a male’s body – other than the head of the penis itself – with more nerve endings per square inch than any other body part. Surgical removal of the foreskin  involves immobilizing the baby by strapping him face-up onto a molded plastic board. In one common method, the doctor then inserts a metal instrument under the foreskin to forcibly separate it from the glans, slits the foreskin, and inserts a circumcision device. The foreskin is crushed and then cut off. The amount of skin removed in a typical infant circumcision is the equivalent of 15 square inches in an adult male.

As journalist Sara Burrows puts it, “Circumcision has been likened to having a sharp metal instrument jammed under one’s finger nail, down to the base, and shoved around, back and forth, until the entire nail is separated from the nail bed, and then sliced off.”

So what does removing one of the most sensitive organs from a man due to his sexual ability?

Circumcising men takes away 75 percent of their capacity for sexual sensation and. They are 4.5 times (450%) more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to the British Journal of Urology International.

But, there’s a medical benefit to robbing men of sexual sensation, right? No. There are no professional medical associations in the United States or anywhere else in the world which recommend routine circumcision as medically necessary. In fact, leaving boys intact is becoming the norm in the U.S., as parents realize the risks and harms of circumcision.

Still, circumcision is readily done within the United States, and just as corporations make money off war, they also make money off the suffering of babies.

There exists a Holy Grail in the cosmetic industry to create a cream that sheds years off your skin. Scientists have discovered such a ingredient, fibroblast cells. Fibroblasts cause the skin to regrow the elasticity and elegance of youth for whoever uses a fibroblast-based cream. What is the best source for these wonder cells? Baby foreskins.

Infant’s foreskin has special cell properties , similar to those found in stem cells. Their versatility means that they can be used to cultivate skin cells.

Because of this, they’re not tossed out with the rest of the medical waste after a birth. Instead, hospitals sell them to companies and institutions for a wide variety of uses. Companies will pay thousands of dollars for a single foreskin.

Some of the strangest purposes they’re put to:

  • Cosmetics: Foreskins are used to make high-end skin creams. The skin products contain fibroblasts grown on the foreskin and harvested from it. One foreskin can be used for decades to produce fancy face cream like the SkinMedica products hawked on Oprah.
  • Skin grafts: In addition to making products for skin, a baby’s foreskin can be turned into a skin graft for a burn victim. Because the cells are extremely flexible, they’re less likely to be rejected. Currently, this technology can be lifesaving in providing a real skin “band aid” to cover an open wound while a burn victim heals. Researchers at Harvard and Tufts are working on advanced skin replacements that use human foreskins.
  • Cosmetic testing: All those cruelty-free cosmetics you buy? Some of them are tested on foreskins. This yields better results, since they’re human skin. And it saves the lives of the rodents your shampoo would otherwise be tested on.


It is estimated that a single male foreskin can retail for around $100,000, which means that companies like SkinMedica  – who use baby foreskin to create their skin care product – sell their foreskin facial creams for $150 an ounce.

Now, you also have companies like Pfizer—the creator of Viagra— making money off of Erectile Dysfunction that is directly linked to circumcision. So if you’re wondering why various institutions are backing such a barbaric practice, think about the amount of money being made. Is it really ethical to rob a male of their sexual pleasure in the name of religion or profit?

Now that we live in the age of information—and we have the evidence that conclusively shows that routine circumcision is heinous— there is no reason to continue this horrendous practice. We must remove the idea that babies need to be primed like domesticated dogs as soon as they come out of a woman. We must remove the blade from the birthing process, and stop mutilating children for no justifiable reason.

Teen attempts circumcision with machete after being teased

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11784347

 

A teenager was rushed to hospital in Zimbabwe when he attempted to circumcise himself using a machete after his friends mocked his penis.

The teen attempted the DIY circumcision using the nearest sharp object he could find after his friends told him he would not get a girlfriend because he still had his foreskin in tact.

The boy was rushed to St Luke’s Mission Hospital in the country’s Lupane District, where he spent two days recovering from the botched procedure, according to the Daily Mail.

Staff at the clinic also carried out the circumcision operation that the boy had attempted on himself.

A doctor said he did not understand why the boy had tried to circumcise himself as healthcare workers would have visited his house to perform the routine op.

 

Dr Nyasha Masuka, medical director of Matabeleland North Province, told news website My Zimbabwe: “It seems the other boys were laughing at him for not being circumcised so he used a machete to circumcise himself and he injured himself in the process.’

“He was rushed to St Lukes Hospital where the health staff circumcised him.”

Dr George Mature, medical officer for Lupane district, said other patients at the hospital were ‘shocked’ that the boy had had the courage to take the weapon to his own penis.

He said: “The patients who were admitted with him were wondering how he managed to do it.

“The good thing is that he wounded the outer layer of foreskin. So we had to keep him at the hospital to monitor him as he had used a clinically inappropriate tool so we were worried that it could have caused an infection.”

The incident comes less than a month after a 10-year-old boy had the tip of his penis chopped off after a routine circumcision operation went horribly wrong.

The boy, who has not been named, was rushed to a hospital in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, after the incident at a clinic in a local suburb, which it is believed the surgeon’s laser scalpel might have slipped.

Daily Mail