Published: Kenyan males line up for circumcision


This story, datelined Katito, Kenya, was published this week by

The story contains photos, text and video, as part of a larger series on the issue of male circumcision as an HIV prevention tactic in sub-Saharan Africa.

Bits and pieces of the project, reported in early fall during my stay in Kisumu, have appeared on the blog. Now it’s all available in one place.

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5 Responses to “Published: Kenyan males line up for circumcision”

  1. Mark Lyndon Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Circumcision is a dangerous distraction in the fight against AIDS. There are six African countries where men are more likely to be HIV+ if they’ve been circumcised: Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, and Swaziland. Eg in Malawi, the HIV rate is 13.2% among circumcised men, but only 9.5% among intact men. In Rwanda, the HIV rate is 3.5% among circumcised men, but only 2.1% among intact men. If circumcision really worked against AIDS, this just wouldn’t happen. We now have people calling circumcision a “vaccine” or “invisible condom”, and viewing circumcision as an alternative to condoms.

    The one randomized controlled trial into male-to-female transmission showed a 54% higher rate in the group where the men had been circumcised btw.

    ABC (Abstinence, Being faithful, Condoms) is the way forward. Promoting genital surgery will cost African lives, not save them.

  2. Royal Says:
    December 8th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Not sure why I’m curious, but I am. What happens to the snipped foreskins? Do they serve any purpose?

  3. Adam Jadhav Says:
    December 8th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    At this clinic, they land in the biohazard container. To be disposed of.

  4. Brad Says:
    January 19th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Sweet merciful McGillicutty

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