February 06, 2007

How to Tip Aids


Well, we discussed this a while ago. But, science may have found our answer. Studies show that circumcised men contract HIV through intercourse 70% less than uncircumcised men. For those of you who didn't do too well in math, that number is huge and could have major repercussions in the war against AIDS. Decades ago, Dr. H. Dam discovered that a spike in Vitamin K occurs in the 8th day after birth for all newborn males that creates blood coagulation, making this the ideal day to perform the circumcision. Maybe this could become standard practice in Africa. That's very interesting about the 8th day, specifically because of what this guy said decades before Dr. H. Dam.

8 comments:

matt j said...

Israel had an unfair advantage. Who in their right mind (back then) would think it is a good idea to cut part of your kid's penis off?

matt j said...

"The study was conducted on more than 3,000 HIV-negative South African men, ages 18 to 24. Half of the men were randomly selected to be circumcised while the other half remained uncircumcised."

Doesn't that sound a little weird to you? What 18 year old would volunteer to have penis surgery (for research that assumes you will soon be infected)without some incentive? So they must be paying them. It sounds like "The Constant Gardener" (fictional I hope) where Africans get food from drug companies only if they agree to be drug guinea pigs.

Sabai said...

When I was younger, my parents signed me up for a study in which they put extra levels of testosterone in my head. That's why today I'm so much less gay than all of you guys. I also have foot hair.

Anonymous said...

Under this type of logic, wouldn't the % of HIV via intercourse go down even more if men were completely castrated?

They are not mindless intercourse animals! Better EDUCATION on sexual hygiene and protection for people might be a way to go too!

Sabai said...

We're not discussing freakonomics logic here by saying that if we killed them all, it would wipe out the AIDS epidemic. I'm foreskin-less, and I'm still all man. Is there that much of a negative stigma with circumcision?

Anonymous said...

I don't think circumcision is any indication of manhood, that is not what I am saying.

Does HIV run as rampid in Europe? 82% of the world is uncircumcised, so should it be mandated throughout the world or just in the problem areas?

Sabai said...

ah gotcha, my "standard practice" remark didn't mean to insinuate "mandate". I think people would volunteer for this procedure because of how it would protect THEMSELVES. 82% of the world is uncircumcised? wow, what's the deal with americans then?

Steve said...

This could be one additional step, as long as people realize that 70% doesn't equal 100%, and that it doesn't mean other precautions shouldn't be taken.