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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.
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.
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