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No. We support circumcision as an elective procedure for consenting and fully informed adults. However, in targeting children below the age of consent, and in employing misleading health claims, coercion, and bribery ("conditional economic compensation") of vulnerable populations, VMMC fails to meet these criteria.
Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic has worsened from the start of the mass circumcision campaign (UNAIDS, 2016), with teen HIV incidence rising nearly 30% (UNICEF, 2016). Mourning the loss of loved ones to AIDS following circumcision, African men and women have called the campaign “a deadly deception” and an “atrocity.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends male circumcision as a means of reducing female-to-male HIV transmission by 50–60%. However, the supporting trials have been criticised on account of methodological flaws. When accounting for the immunological features of the foreskin and the politics involved in WHO’s recommendation, a more complex picture emerges than what is commonly presented.

Real-world data do not support the claim that circumcision reduces HIV prevalence or incidence. USAID statistics found the opposite at the start of VMMC roll-out, with the available national Demographic and Health Surveys showing no significant difference (see Garenne, 2008). However, the false security provided to circumcised men and their partners is a leading source of new HIV infections today. As long as VMMC remains an HIV-preventive policy, HIV rates will continue to rise.
Male circumcision is not universally accepted as an HIV preventive measure. Some experts have attributed the World Health Organisation's recommendation to an informal network of circumcision proponents. These individuals "were active in all phases of this process, ranging from studies of the recommendation's efficacy, feasibility and acceptability to its adoption and implementation." (Giami et al., 2015)

In 2015, Odoch et al. found the same 11 author names – including the authors of the circumcision trials – on 80% of all VMMC studies and articles in the Global Health database.

Studies by the VMMC-promoting network have found no adverse effects of male circumcision on sexuality. Our investigation found strong adverse effects on sexuality. See our Sexology Analysis.
Yes. Mobilisers regularly abduct school-going children for VMMC, as confirmed by our investigation and innumerable eyewitness reports. For more information, see our VMMC Abductions page.
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