This could be good news for you if you live in East Africa and you are male. Maybe not. If its not good news to you, probably its because you’ve been under the knife.
Recently, it’s been in the news that circumcision can cut the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men by as much as 50%. In South Africa, in fact, the decline was found to be 60%.
I can imagine what’s going to be happening in the next few years. I can imagine what is going to be happening to the thingies of a lot of males in the region.
It is said that when circumcised, men are less likely to bleed and thus less likely to get infected. That the HIV sensitive cells under the foreskin are removed at circumcision and so letting off the guys.
Good news really. Just imagine what that says for the fight against AIDS. The crippling effect of the disease on Africa’s economy and the way it decimates whole communities in East Africa will be greatly curtailed.
Usually, when such reports are released there is a cynical response from different quarters because it is a report just like a million others. In this case, the cynical retort is from me. I know that the west will fund studies into why this is the case and probably try to disprove it. It sometimes feels like these people don’t believe anything can be good about Africa.
Big Pharma, as I call the medicines industry, the guys who are making a killing supplying the dying world with meds are not about to be happy when the people they are selling drugs to are not falling sick anymore.
I expect a lot of opposition just like they forced Dr. Ssali (RIP), the guy Savage referred to recently, to close shop and to die almost penniless. Strangely, Mariandina, his food supplement drug has been given the green light in the UK by the system. They did it quietly, shamefacedly.
That’s why I am happy for the fact (according to the report) that circumcision reduces the chances of men catching AIDS. I am happy that the gospel of Jeffery Sachs and Bob Geldorf, that HIV/AIDS is one of the greatest obstacles to African development, is going to be thought about more seriously by our governments. What I am skeptical about is really the actions that are going to be taken by the guys who hold the world’s purse strings.