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Tara Klamp roll-out not suspended - DOH

Fidel Hadebe
09 December 2010

Fidel Hadebe says use of device will continue pending investigation

No instruction to suspend use of Tara Klamp in mass circumcision drive

9 Dec 2010

Contrary to recent media reports, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has not given any instruction to anyone to discontinue the use of the Tara Klamp device in the medical male circumcision currently being conducted in the country.

Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) has been identified as one of the key interventions in the fight against HIV and AIDS in South Africa. Studies have shown that MMC can reduce the risk of infection by up to 60 percent.

The Department of Health would like to place it on record that the use of the Tara Klamp as a device to conduct MMC will continue while investigations are being conducted regarding other possible methods. The Department of Health also remains fully committed to the roll-out of medical male circumcision as policy and intervention in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Statement issued by Fidel Hadebe, Department of Health, December 9 2010

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The South African government has halted the rollout of a controversial male circumcision device, health department spokesman Fidel Hadebe said Wednesday. Hadebe said more research was needed into the plastic device, known as Tara Klamps, which has been used in the circumcisions of 9,000 South African men since April as part of an initiative to stop the spread of Aids. Treatment Action Campaign... welcomed the government's decision, calling the device dangerous and painful."
Associated Press, December 8 2010
 

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perhaps you could export them to Cuba ...
... where they could be used to cut cigars.

by Realist on December 09 2010, 20:56
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Voodoo

There is nothing medical about these circumcisions. They are quackery. They are gratuitous mutilations.

The whole "MMC" boondoggle road show is a scandal moving inexorably towards disaster, unless it can be exposed decisively and . .more

by Domza on December 10 2010, 06:42
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A mantra
"Studies have shown that MMC can reduce the risk of infection by up to 60 percent."

This claim has become a mantra, but we still don't know why 21.8% of circumcised Swazi men have HIV, compared to "only" 19.5% of the non-circumcised men, and . .more

by Hugh7 on December 10 2010, 23:07
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Why us? Why now?

Needless to say, a correlation is not a proof, and it does not follow from a correlation that the reversal of the circumstances will reverse the correlated phenomenon.

How can such quackery then take hold?

Actually, there is only . .more

by Domza on December 11 2010, 06:08
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"Studies have shown?"
"Studies have shown" WHAT? The best the latest "studies" try to establish is a correlation, which dubious because the people writing the so-called "studies" happen to also be long-standing circumcision advocates (Bailey and Halperin not withstanding). The . .more

by Joseph4GI on December 15 2010, 02:23
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"MMC?"
"MMC" stands for "medical male circumcision." But what is so "medical" about circumcising the healthy? Especially healthy, non-consenting individuals? Doctors also perform female circumcisions, known as "labiaplasties" in some circles. Is this then . .more

by Joseph4GI on December 15 2010, 02:29
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TaraKlamp should address problems at home first
According to Malaysian AIDS Council vice-president Datuk Zaman Khan, more than 70% of the 87,710 HIV/AIDS sufferers in the country are Muslims. In Malaysia, most, if not all Muslim men are circumcised, whereas circumcision is uncommon in the non-Muslim . .more

by Joseph4GI on December 15 2010, 02:37
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