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.
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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.