The World Health Organization and UNAIDS said circumcision should be added to current interventions to reduce the spread of HIV.
Three African trials have shown that circumcision halved the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men.
Circumcision will not replace HIV testing, treatment for sexually infected infections and condoms, however. No mention of abstinence?
This is not a typo - the director of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization is Kevin De Cock.
Catherine Hankins, UNAIDS, said: "Being able to recommend an additional HIV prevention method is a significant step towards getting ahead of this epidemic."
"However, we must be clear: male circumcision does not provide complete protection against HIV."Men and women who consider male circumcision as an HIV preventive method must continue to use other forms of protection such as male and female condoms, delaying sexual debut and reducing the number of sexual partners."
The WHO euphemism for short-term abstinance is delaying sexual debut. The United Nations will not promote complete abstinence. They will not inform the HIV/AIDS epidemic Countries in Africa that the ONLY sure way to avoid HIV/AIDS is complete abstinence. But they will give information in an off-handed way to delaying sexual debut.
The First Monthly "Duh, You Think?" Award goes to Kevin De Cock of WHO and Catherine Hankins of UNAIDS for the suggestion to "delay sexual debut" as an HIV/AIDS preventative. Does it not occur to them that COMPLETE ABSTINENCE is the sole and exclusive method for preventing HIV/AIDS?
"Duh, You Think?"