Is this true: “Circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS”?

David Ferguson writes on Raw Story that Circumcision reduces HIV risk by changing penis ‘biome’, says study. 

Before I even read this story I was not convinced, I would be interested if anyone has any further information. Another article I found online, written by Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. – More Circumcision Myths You May Believe: Hygiene and STDs – says:

Three studies in Africa several years ago that claimed that circumcision prevented AIDS and that circumcision was as effective as a 60% effective vaccine (Auvert 2005, 2006). These studies had many flaws, including that they were stopped before all the results came in.  There have also been several studies that show that circumcision does not prevent HIV (Connolly 2008). There are many issues at play in the spread of STDs which make it very hard to generalize results from one population to another. Continue reading “Is this true: “Circumcision prevents HIV/AIDS”?”

Perhaps the Electronic Care Record can help us stop brushing HIV under the carpet in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is not that large, yet we have had many, many different systems for record-keeping within the Health & Social Care system. Historically, each hospital had slightly differing forms, and of course each hospital had its own number for you as well as a record of your health while there. To me, in a country the size of Northern Ireland this is sheer madness. It could be that one consultant in one hospital did not know what another consultant in another hospital was prescribing, or even what he thought was wrong with you. All this seems set to change, … Continue reading Perhaps the Electronic Care Record can help us stop brushing HIV under the carpet in Northern Ireland

Participants required for study on HIV stigma and wellbeing

Call for participants If you meet the criteria for this study, or know anyone that does and would be willing to participate, please fill this out or pass it on, thank you! Madeleine Wright, an MSc Psychology candidate at Northumbria University, UK, is conducting a survey on HIV stigma and psychological well-being. At the moment, she is currently in the process of recruiting participants. The study is targeted at both men and women, aged 18 or above, living with HIV in the UK. The study and its protocol have received ethical approval from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences … Continue reading Participants required for study on HIV stigma and wellbeing

My hearing…

For years I have suggested to my mother that, when she complains that she cannot hear something, she should perhaps get a hearing aid. However, a friend who grew up two houses to the north of us, this evening posted on Facebook that he had just had his ears irrigated. Before this evening, I had no idea that such a procedure could be carried out. However, where it impacts my life, is that I have noticed that I have to have the television turned up higher to hear it; and I have difficulty hearing people when speaking to me on the telephone. I think that I … Continue reading My hearing…

“Lest we forget”

Over on another of my blogs, I wrote about my thoughts on learning that I did have a male relative who fought in the Great War. Up until last week, I had believed myself to be of a family that didn’t have anyone to have fought. In this belief, I was wrong. But I was wrong in more than one way. You see, I am not just a member of my biological family. No. I am also by virtue of a promise made when I was around ten years old, also a member of the Worldwide family of Scouts. Many, … Continue reading “Lest we forget”

Relationships…

I am very lucky, I share a relationship – nay a marriage — with Andrew. I know that we both could not survive and would not be where we are if it were not for the other. Surfing the Internet this evening, I came across the following quotation. “Don’t let someone become a priority in your life, when you are just an option in theirs. Relationships are best when they are balanced.” I do not know who said it. If anyone does, please let me know. What I do know is that it is very, very true. Thank you Andrew … Continue reading Relationships…

Those that didn’t want to redefine marriage try to redefine marrriage…badly

Originally posted on LGBT Lib Dems Northern Ireland:
Remember how just the other week opponents of equal marriage were saying you can’t redefine marriage. Well take a look at some of the amendments that they have been lodging in the House of Lords. Clause 1 LORD HYLTON LORD CORMACK Page 1, line 5, leave out “Marriage” and insert “Union” Looks like a redefinition to me, of course this only applies to those of same-sex couples as can be seen by a withdrawn amendment on the same line: LORD MACKAY OF CLASHFERN Page 1, line 5, at end insert “and shall… Continue reading Those that didn’t want to redefine marriage try to redefine marrriage…badly

Two modules done, more to come…

It’s the time of year when most students are getting the results of their exams — not their resits or resubmissions — but for me it is the time to get the result of my resubmission of the examinable content of the first year of Law with The Open University, W100 – Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law. I have well and truly passed. And I am over the moon. In due course, the University should issue a Certificate in Legal Studies (Open) to me as well. It is the first step on the road to a Degree … Continue reading Two modules done, more to come…

Time for me to stroke a pussy or two…

This evening, as a bit of rest and relaxation, my friend Sam took me out to Assisi Animal Sanctuary near Newtownards to volunteer to give some love to some cats. There were so many cats there it was almost heartbreaking to leave them behind, but I know that there they do get love and are looked after while waiting for potential rehoming. One was pointed out to me, with only three legs, she has become rather timid and apparently shoots off before any new human can get near her. Well, I started off towards her. I took short steps, and … Continue reading Time for me to stroke a pussy or two…

Stand tall: get snapped – photographic exhibition in Glasgow

Looks like there is going to be a great exhibition in Glasgow from 14 June 2013 until 13 July. Photographer Edo Zollo presents a photographic portrait exhibition of 30 HIV+ people. Inspired by his own experience of taking PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) after potential exposure to the HIV virus, the intense feelings aroused and the unpleasant side effects of this medication, Edo was prompted to explore what it must be like to actually have a positive HIV diagnosis. Determined to expose the still widely held misconceptions about the virus, and to offer affected individuals the opportunity to share their experiences, … Continue reading Stand tall: get snapped – photographic exhibition in Glasgow