The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) has requested beneficiary governments to draft policies that encourage male circumcision to reduce on the risks of spreading of HIV/Aids.
The Principal Deputy Coordinator of PEPFAR, Dr Thomas Kenyon, said via a video link from the U.S., that PEPFAR was prepared to provide funds to any country that is willing to undertake mass male circumcision, Dr Kenyon said.
The only way to undertake “mass” male circumcision involves the systematic violation of infant males’ rights. This, of course, requires a willingness to ignore both the voluntary and adult aspects of the recent circumcision/HIV studies.
I’m supposed to be mollified by this:
“We can only release the funds for circumcision to a country which has come up with a clear policy on how it is going to carry out the exercise.
I’m not mollified. The presence of a policy does not guarantee effective (or ethical) outcomes. In this approach, boys will be injured beyond the 100% guarantee of “acceptable” injury. Boys will be disfigured beyond the 100% guarantee of “acceptable” disfigurement. Boys will die. And men will still get HIV through unsafe sex.
But we’re America. We care. Our money proves it. Isn’t that enough?