President Bush’s $15-billion anti-AIDS program to promote circumcision

From article by Craig Timberg

Washington Post Foreign Service | Sunday, August 19, 2007
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JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 19 — President Bush’s $15-billion anti-AIDS program will begin investing significant money in making circumcision available to African men seeking to protect themselves from HIV, top U.S. health officials said Sunday.

Recent research showing that circumcision dramatically cuts the rate of HIV infection is highly convincing, a delegation of U.S. officials, led by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt told reporters in Johannesburg.

Countries taking part in the President’s Emergency Program For AIDS Relief have been invited to seek money to expand access to the procedure.

Circumcision funding would be small at first, with budgets in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for individual countries. But it is likely to grow to be “an important part” of the program in coming months and years, said Kent R. Hill, an assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.


1 Response to “President Bush’s $15-billion anti-AIDS program to promote circumcision”

  1. August 21, 2007 at 12:40 pm


    Circumcision has not prevented AIDS in America. But it’s going to be different in Africa?

    Here is some inaccurate information:
    “The cells in the foreskin of a penis are especially vulnerable to HIV”

    Uh, no they aren’t…


    “The research reinforces studies showing that regions with high circumcision rates generally have lower rates of HIV.”

    Why don’t they show the Brewer Study, published in March 2007, where it was concluded that circumcision in Kenya, Lesotho, and Tanzania actually INCREASES the transmission of AIDS?

    That’s right; because it would be devastating to the circumcision cause.

    What a waste of (OUR) money. What a waste of surgery. What a waste of healthy tissue. What a waste, period.

    And I bet that this will somehow translate into circumcising babies again.

    This comic shows exactly how circumcision prevents HIV.


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