Maya Angelou: The Phenomenal Black Woman Who Fought Against InjusticeBy Sayeri Biswas 5 min read | Apr 18, 2023
Just a few numbers about circumcision: “There is strong evidence that circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual men in high-risk populations. Evidence among heterosexual men in sub-Saharan Africa shows an absolute decrease in risk of 1.8% which is a relative decrease of between 38 percent and 66 percent over two years, and in this population studies rate it cost effective. Whether it is of benefit in developed countries is undetermined.” (so yes, it does reduce risks of many infections). http://www.jaoa.org/content/111/3_suppl_2/S11.long
About the idea that it would reduce sexual pleasure, someone suggested by 60%, a systemic review and meta-analysis was conducted in 2013 which drew no such conclusion; it ” found the circumcision did not appear to affect sexual desire, pain with intercourse, premature ejaculation, time to ejaculation, erectile dysfunction or difficulties with orgasm” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3881635/)
And finally no, no, no. Removal of the foreskin (though I understand opposition to newborn/infant circumcision on the grounds that men should be able to decide for themselves whether they want one) is not comparable to removal of the clitoris: it is an organ, and not skin, the female body’s most erogenous and sensitive (and therefore, when one cuts it, painful) zone. Risks associated with exision are far greater: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/fgm/health_consequences_fgm/en/ –> See especially the long-term risks; increased HIV risks, infections, especially during childbirth, quality of sexual life…
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