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Harare circumcised men forced to pay US$30 extra

UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended circumcision as an important new element of HIV Prevention.

As such, local health authorities have since embarked on a massive campaign encouraging men to get circumcised. The campaign has seen prominent musicians like Winky D and high profile politicians such as Mines Minister Orbert Mpofu being circumcised too.

Scientific trials have shown that male circumcision can reduce a man's risk of becoming infected with HIV during sexual intercourse by up to 60% hence the call for this campaign dubbed 'Pinda MuSmart'.

However, despite the health and hygienic advantages of circumcision, it has since been established that circumcision also BOOSTS revenue for a large quota of prostitutes. In a random survey conducted by this publication, siphoning information from sex workers, circumcised men pay more for sex. Revelations made by hookers operating around the Avenues, Harare's unrivalled red light district, show that prices for sex vary depending on the potential client's "circumcision status".

Their argument was that since the process of circumcision involved the removal of foreskin which contains sensory nerve receptors, that diminishes the man's sensitivity thereby increasing the period of sex sessions. An increase in time in the sex session, they argued, meant a loss of other potential clients in that period because they thrive on 'pushing volumes'.

"You see the problem with circumcised clients is they take too long to complete a single round.I might risk losing revenue from other clients and waste time on one guy for the same price, so we therefore push our charges upwards if one is circumcised," said a self proclaimed prostitute.

Several other sex workers corroborated with her stating that there is a slight increase of US$20 to about US$30 if their client is circumcised.hmetro




0 #4 Hugh7 2013-03-03 01:23
Not only do more circumcised Zimbabwean men have HIV than non-circumcised, the same was found in another survey before the circumcision campaign began. The campaign may have lowered the rate overall, by raising awareness of HIV, but circumcision itself had not effect.

"Up to 60%" is weasel-wording like those advertisements offering "up to 60%" off prices. "Up to" can include 0% reduction. The studies are so flawed, that is entirely possible.

Clearly the prostitutes don't believe circumcision protects them from HIV, or they would charge circumcised men less. Much more important is whether they insist on condoms.
+3 #3 Joseph4GI 2013-03-03 00:49
Prostitutes don't lie.

Circumcised men get a double-shaft. Circumcision does NOT prevent AIDS, AND it diminishes sex.

All you hove to do is look at real world data. The CIA factbook reveals that HIV transmission rates are higher in the USA, where 80% of adult men are circumcised from birth, than 53 countries in Europe, Asia and South America. 26 countries where circumcision is prevalent (>80%) have higher HIV transmission than the US.


Don't be fooled. Abstain. Be faithful. Use condoms.

DON'T buy into American pro-circumcision propaganda.
+2 #2 Mark Lyndon 2013-03-02 17:51
My last post should have started as follows:

Zimbabwean men are *more* likely to have HIV if they've been circumcised:

12.5% of intact Zimbabwean men have HIV
14.6% of circumcised *Zimbabwean* men have HIV
0 #1 Mark Lyndon 2013-03-02 16:57
Zimbabwean men are *more* likely to have HIV if they've been circumcised:

12.5% of intact Zimbabwean men have HIV
14.6% of circumcised Malawian men have HIV

(figures from measuredhs dot com)

Other countries where circumcised men are *more* likely to be HIV+ include Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, and Swaziland. That's at least seven African countries where men are more likely to be HIV+ if they've been circumcised, and yet they're promoting circumcision to prevent HIV. What will it take to stop this madness?

Europeans don't circumcise, South Americans don't circumcise, Australians and New Zealanders used to circumcise but stopped, most North Americans don't circumcise. Why should Africans circumcise?

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