Using letters and emails received over the last 20 years David Smith presents testimony from men sent to the charity NORM-UK now known as 15 Square. His presentation concentrates on the psychological aspects of the harm caused by the non-therapeutic circumcision of male children.
Gert van Dijk describes the current ethical position of the KNMG (Royal Dutch Medical Association) on non-therapeutic male circumcision. The Netherland’s policy is currently one of “active deterrence”. If the policy were to be reviewed the position might well change to a total ban.
This video was recorded at the World Association for Sexual Health Congress in Prague on the 29th of May 2017. Dr Morten Frisch is from Denmark and has been researching this subject in the Danish population.
Dr Frisch sent us the following clarification:–
Regrettably, I’ve overstated the noise-to-signal ratio in the qualitative synthesis paper by Shabanzadeh et al (discussed around 14:30-16:25 in my presentation):
Of the 38 included studies, six (not five) studies (i.e., 16%, not 13%) actually dealt with male circumcision performed in infancy or childhood. Consequently, the noise-to-signal ratio was 84% noise vs 16% signal, and not 87% noise vs 13% signal.
I apologize for this inaccuracy.
This is Jutta Reisinger’s first hand account of how the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcison programme is being implemented on the ground in Kenya. The video contains some distressing images, it was recorded in Cologne on the 5th Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy (7th May 2017). We are grateful to Simon ten Kate from “Intact Nederland” (Facebook group) for his help with the interview.
Reports on the BBC World Service (15/02/2017) and Africa Health describe a study published in The Lancet concerning the initiative to educate religious leaders to encourage the uptake of male circumcision as an HIV prevention measure. If you have questions about the HIV prevention benefits attributed to male circumcision by some trial studies in Africa then the presentation given by Michel Garenne from the Pasteur Institute in the video below is a good place to start looking for answers.