NEWS: Circumcision information website launch


An uncircumcised penis (left) and a circumcised penis (right).

An uncircumcised penis (left) and a circumcised penis (right).

We just can’t keep away from the subject of circumcision. The New York Times has announced the launch of, a new website eager to debunk myths related to circumcision and its prevention of HIV.

The Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention website has collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC), and the Family Health International (FHI) “expand global access to information and resources on male circumcision for HIV prevention.”

In January reported on circumcised vs. uncircumcised penises and discussed the pros and cons of each. According to our poll, 55% of our readers prefer a circumcised penis compared to 32% who prefer an uncircumcised penis and 13% who don’t have a preference. One advantage  of circumcision is that it reduces the risk of HIV infection, according to a study published in January 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Since then, it seems many myth and dangerous circumcision practices have arisen. For example that circumcision is 100 percent preventive against HIV, hence prompting men to stop using condoms. Also cheap circumcisions performed by traditional healers without sterile instruments have caused mishaps.

The site is filled with massive amounts of useful sex information on various topics such as male sexuality, circumcision and sexual pleasure, surgical techniques; as well as socio-behavioral techniques, ethics, risk compensation and economic analysis. It’s really a highly informative site and will definitely continue to explore the site to bring you important safe sex practices.

– JD

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