Scaramouche criticized the recent protest to Oprah's endorsement of SkinMedica (a cream that includes a byproduct of culturing cells obtained from a baby's foreskin, a baby who was forcefully circumcised and his foreskin sold or donated by the hospital for commercial use, on his blog: http://scaramouchee.blogspot.ca/2013/04/forseskin-activist-protests-oprahs.html
He considers idiotic protesting against "(an AIDS preventative, hence [his] suggested slogan for an anti-AIDS campaign: FORESKINNED IS FOREARMED"
I commented, but since his comments are moderated I'm also posting my response here in case he does not approve my comment:
A study found that female circumcision was correlated to lower HIV prevalence in Tanzania. This was the contrary of the expected results, so it was attributed to confounding factors.
Rebecca Stallings. Female circumcison and HIV infection in Tanzania: for better or for worse. www.circumstitions.com/Docs/FGM&HIV.ppt
Male and female circumcision associated with prevalent HIV infection in virgins and adolescents in Kenya, Lesotho, and Tanzania.
Brewer DD, Potterat JJ, Roberts JM Jr, Brody S.
Kanki et al. reported that, in Senegalese prostitutes, women who had undergone Female Circumcision had a significantly decreased risk of HIV-2 infection when compared to those who had not.
Kanki P, M'Boup S, Marlink R, et al. "Prevalence and risk determinants of human immunodeficiency virus type 2 (HIV-2) and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) in west African female prostitutes
Am. J. Epidemiol. 136 (7): 895-907. PMID
So, does male and/or female circumcision have anything to do with HIV? Some studies show a protective effect (from both male and female circumcision), some studies like the one from Brewer, show that the procedure of circumcision in fact exposes the individual to the risk of HIV.
When bad science kills, or how to spread AIDS
Published May 22, 2012 | By Brian D. Earp
Sub-Saharan African randomised clinical trials
male circumcision and HIV transmission:
Methodological, ethical and legal concerns
Gregory J Boyle and George Hill
So, to round up, would you forgo safe sex because you are circumcised? NO, you shouldn't. Doing that is playing Russian Roulette. So if circumcision DOES NOT prevent HIV infection, then why is it part of the package? It seems like an empty diversion of resources instead of promoting condom usage, education, safe sex, and focusing on high risk individuals and communities with treatment and testing.
BTW, it is known that North American and European circumstances are different. Even those who accept circumcision as a "preventive" measure (or risk reduction measure) have accepted that:
Circumcision does not affect HIV in gay men in the U.S. http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/12/04/us-aids-circumcision-idUSN0345545120071204
or in the UK http://www.fridae.asia/newsfeatures/2013/02/18/12240.circumcision-makes-no-difference-to-hiv-infection-in-uk-gay-men
Studies in the U.S. Navy have found no correlation: http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2011/10/us-navy-finds-that-circumcision-does-not-prevent-hiv-or-stis.html
There was no correlation found in Puerto Rico: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02871.x/abstract
Zimbabwe has reported that the new infections of HIV reported in 2010-2011 were more prevalent among circumcised men. http://www.zimdiaspora.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8811:hiv-infection-rate-higher-on-circumcised-men&catid=96:international&Itemid=342
Real world data comparison between prevalence of circumcision and prevalence of HIV does not support the thesis that circumcision reduces the risk of HIV: http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2013/02/where-circumcision-doesnt-prevent-hiv-ii.html
So what is more idiotic, to compare forced genital cutting of male babies with forced genital cutting of female babies, or to promote a preventive measure that does not prevent anything, giving people a sense of security over something that just doesn't work?