Fungai Machirori


Calling for greater recognition of the fact that ‘globalised’ action ignores the diversity of cultural, social, political and economic factors around the world, Fungai Machirori underlines that ‘we have to realise that when we talk gender and development, we are talking about human beings.’

I have always been skeptical about male circumcision (MC) as a preventative measure for HIV/AIDS, pondering just how effective it is for not only men, but also their female partners. A new study - carried out in Rakai district, Uganda - gives a glimpse into the answer. Sadly, it is not what activists in gender and HIV hoped to hear. It seems that male circumcision may actually increase women’s transmission risk from their HIV positive circumcised male partner.