Over 100,000 men in Mozambique will be circumcised to help stop the spread of AIDS (stock)
More than 100,000 men in Mozambique will be circumcised to help stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and AIDS.
Efforts will be focused in the districts of Ato-Molocue, Ile, and Gurue, where circumcision is uncommon, according to health authorities from the central province of Zambezia.
This is the second stage of a campaign that involved the circumcision of 84,000 men in Zambezia, one of the most populated regions of Mozambique, last year.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), male circumcision reduces the risk of straight men getting HIV by up to 60 per cent.
The delicate foreskin easily tears and is therefore highly vulnerable to HIV infection. It is the main route the virus enters a man’s body during intercourse.
Circumcision prevents, not cures, HIV
Zambezia’s governor Dr Abdul Razak, who is backing the campaign, told Standard Digital: ‘Male circumcision and other measures are used to prevent diseases, such as HIV/Aids.
‘They don’t cure the patient.’
This comes after health officials revealed last November Europe’s HIV epidemic is growing at an ‘alarming pace’ as infection rates reached their highest level in 2016 since records began.
Last year, around 160,000 people contracted HIV, which causes AIDS, in 53 European countries, according to a report by the WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Over the past decade, the rate of newly-diagnosed HIV infections in Europe has risen by 52 per cent from 12 in every 100,000 people in 2007 to 18.2 for every 100,000 in 2016, the report adds.
According to the report, this increase was ‘mainly driven by the continuing upward trend in the East’, which accounts for around 80 per cent of Europe’s cases.
Zsuzsanna Jakab, European regional director of the WHO, said: ‘This is the highest number of cases recorded in one year. If this trend persists, we will not be able to achieve the target of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.’
Past findings suggest HIV rates are rising in eastern Europe, particularly in those over 50 who inject illegal drugs, due to a lack of awareness campaigns on the infection’s risks or how to prevent transmission.
The delicate foreskin is the main route HIV enters a man’s body during intercourse (stock)
Scientists edge a step closer to a HIV cure
Last July, research suggested scientists may be one step closer to developing a cure for HIV.
An injection may soon be available that prevents the virus spreading and could rid sufferers of the infection, a study implies.
Researchers, which included scientists from Texas A&M University, injected cows with HIV, all of which developed an immune response within as little as 35 days, the study found.
When the immune cells of the cows were analysed, one in particular was found to bind to a key site on HIV that the virus uses to spread infection, the research adds.
The researchers believe such immune cells could be incorporated into an injection to neutralise HIV in infected humans.
Currently, there is no cure for HIV, with patients usually being required to take lifelong medication that causes nausea, diarrhea and insomnia.
First of all, there is no such thing as a HIV virus, so it doesn’t cause AIDS.
Secondly, circumcision causes psychological damage: Circumcision’s Psychological Damage
Read, watch and wake-up:
There is one issue that I have not touched yet and that is the fact that HIV is supposed to be a sexually transmitted disease.
Henry Bauer writes on http://hivskeptic.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/racial-bias-in-hivaids/:
I’ve drawn attention several times and from a variety of evidence to the racial bias in HIV/AIDS. Perhaps the most egregious example is the willingness to presume or postulate that black people are so much more sexually promiscuous than others that they are “infected by HIV” much more often: African-American men about 7 times as often as white American men and 10 times as often as Asian-American men; African -American women about 20 times as often as white American women and perhaps 50 times as often as Asian-American women; Africans in South Africa >20 times as often as white South Africans or South Africans of (Asian) Indian ancestry.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are willing to regard these differences in “HIV infection” rates as stemming from behavioral differences. James Chin calculates and accepts that 20-40% of adult Africans have about a dozen sexual partners at any given time, changing them about annually. Not only does the HIV/AIDS mainstream accept a sexual-transmission explanation for these racial disparities, it does so even though the disparities as to “HIV infection” are seen in every social sector and have not changed over 25 years, whereas relative rates for gonorrhea and syphilis vary by social sector and change over time, not at all parallel with relative rates of “HIV-positive”.
You can go on the internet yourself and find out that there is absolutely no prove that this is a sexually transmitted disease. The reason Africans have more often a HIV-positive test is because they are Africans and the test is calibrated for Caucasians.
The data widely purporting to show the existence and heterosexual transmission in Africa of a new syndrome caused by a retrovirus which induces immune deficiency is critically evaluated. It is concluded that both acquired immune deficiency (AID) and the symptoms and diseases which constitute the clinical syndrome (S) are long standing in Africa, affect both sexes equally and are caused by factors other than HIV. The presence of positive HIV serology in Africans represents no more than cross-reactivity caused by an abundance of antibodies induced by the numerous infectious and parasitic diseases which are endemic in Africa, that is, a positive HIV antibody test does not prove HIV infection. Given the above, one would expect to find a high prevalence of “AIDS” and “HIV” antibodies in Africa. This is not proof of heterosexual transmission of either HIV or AIDS.