Adult Circumcision – A Subtle Weapon to Fight HIV

It is a proven fact that human brain retains very little, if any, of what its owner experience during infancy, a time frame when the majority of baby boys...
Adult Circumcision
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It is a proven fact that human brain retains very little, if any, of what its owner experience during infancy, a time frame when the majority of baby boys undergo this surgery. But some people remember undergoing circumcision experience, as they have booked this appointment themselves.

Adult circumcision is one of the most hotly discussed sexual health subjects by both men and women in the medical community. The arguments from both sides -in its favour and against- are fascinating, to say the least. Some circles believe that this heated discussion is primarily due to the lack of definitive evidence to highlight circumcision is better than being uncircumcised – and vice versa, which brings us back to the point that we were trying to make, Adult Circumcision is not very common, but it’s not exactly uncommon either. In countries with high HIV rates, this practice has been discovered as a blessing in disguise. Following the clinical trials in South Africa, Uganda and most recently Kenya; studies have revealed that circumcised men are 51-60% are less likely to contract the deadly HIV. Brian Morris – Professor of molecular medical science at the University of Sydney; notes that the results of African trials have convinced several international organizations to support circumcision. The story doesn’t end here; the African trials have been so influential that they’ve sparked nationwide campaigns to promote Adult Circumcision. Swaziland has encouraged adults to go under this operation from 2006. Rwanda hopes to cut the HIV transmission rate in half by getting two million of its male citizens to volunteer for Adult Circumcision.

To put it simply, we don’t have any campaigns in North America to promote circumcision. As per experts, the declining rates of infant circumcision in recent decades, young men are seeking this surgery for cosmetic purposes rather than medical. In Canada, men must cite a valid reason to undergoing this surgery and cover the expenses under the health insurance. As per some Canadian based surgeons, the problems have already been associated with male anatomy, we (doctors) recommend this surgery only when there is no other option. As per experts at Circumcision Center, this surgery is carried out if a patient is suffering from:

  • Phimosis – a medical condition in which the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the penis glans; this can sometimes cause pain when the penis is erect and in rare cases, passing urine becomes a painful chore. In babies, the glans and foreskin develop as one, only separating during early-mid childhood. Due to this naturally occurring phenomenon, the infant foreskin is frequently tight and inelastic. In these circumstances, some doctors might recommend circumcision, while others state that foreskin losses by the age of three and is a part of evolution. True phimosis, which affects less than 1% boys, is very rare before the age of five, as reported by menshealthforum.
  • Balanitis – A condition where the glans or foreskin becomes inflamed. It can affect the men of all ages, but common cases have been recorded against 3-5 years’ age group. Poor hygiene is considered as one of the most common reasons for this disorder. Moreover, tight foreskin, skin diseases and allergy to washing products -such as soaps- or spermicides in condoms can damage the skin, and if it becomes infected, then there is an unyielding possibility that balanitis can develop.
  • Para-Phimosis – A condition where the foreskin can’t be returned to its original state after being pulled back. Considered as one of the most painful ailments for men, it can cause the glans to be swollen and painful. If such an issue arises or befalls a male, then immediate treatment is necessary to avoid serious complication but it is pertinent to mention that circumcision will be administrated to get rid of chronic para-phimosis.

Apart from the medical conditions, males choose to undergo this process is due to religious obligations. Men embracing Judaism and Islam, are encouraged to loose their foreskin. In a study of 42 Adult Circumcisions, 39 cited religious reasons.

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