Bill Gates Helps Fund Mass Circumcision Programme

So there was a big circumcision discussion last month... So I'm curious what people's thoughts are on this.

"Circumcision has been shown to more than halve the risk of men becoming infected."

Last I checked Bill was counted among the atheist crowd, so I'm thinking he doesn't have any religious agenda here.

+++++ +++++ +++++

Bill Gates Helps Fund Mass Circumcision Programme
15 June 2009 by Andy Coghlan

Microsoft founder Bill Gates last week injected $50 million into a programme to circumcise up to 650,000 men in Swaziland and Zambia.

The goal of the project is to curb the transmission of HIV in two of the AIDS hotspots of the world, as circumcision has been shown to more than halve the risk of men becoming infected.

Funded for five years through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the programme is the first to massively scale up provision of circumcision by fully trained medical practitioners.

Traditional methods of circumcision sometimes harm and even kill boys and young men. The network of 250 teams of providers will be managed by Population Services International, a global health organisation based in Washington, DC.

"It's great news, and this is exactly what's needed," says Catherine Hankins, chief scientific adviser at UNAIDS. "We've been working on development of www.malecircumcision.org">guidance and technical support, and these development partners are now being funded to take it forward," says Haskins.

Hankins said that Kenya has the most advanced programme, with 20,000 men newly circumcised, and plans are also well-advanced in Botswana and Namibia. But she stressed that circumcision can't alone protect men or women against HIV, and that circumcised men should still take additional precautions, such as wearing condoms and not engaging in risky or promiscuous sex.

"Ensuring they understand how to maintain safe behaviours is key, and the procedure would be 100-per-cent accompanied by education to that end", says a PSI spokesman.

Tags: Circumcision, africa, aids, bill-gates, hiv

Views: 5

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Too bad most of those links are to a site which requires a US$39 paid registration.

I'm glad to hear that at least Bill Gates is doing this for medical rather than faith-based reasons.

This is another one of those damn topics about which lots of people get overly invested emotionally, religiously, politically, or otherwise. That makes it difficult for the average person to just get to the truth about what the real benefits and drawbacks are.
Too bad most of those links are to a site which requires a US$39 paid registration.
Yea, I found that pretty annoying too.

RSS

  

Forum

Deepak's challenge

Started by Davis Goodman in Small Talk. Last reply by Erock68la 30 minutes ago. 22 Replies

It happened

Started by Belle Rose in Atheist Parenting. Last reply by Davis Goodman 6 hours ago. 70 Replies

Disorders of Sex Development

Started by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp in Small Talk. Last reply by Tor Hershman 8 hours ago. 3 Replies

Living freely.

Started by Quincy Maxwell in Society. Last reply by Gallup's Mirror 12 hours ago. 21 Replies

What is the purpose of gender

Started by Christopher Swicegood in Small Talk. Last reply by Heather Spoonheim yesterday. 56 Replies

Events

Blog Posts

Labels

Posted by Quincy Maxwell on July 20, 2014 at 9:37pm 0 Comments

Services we love

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com

In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media

© 2014   Created by Dan.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service