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2008-10-11 15:44:09.819061+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Remember all of that hullabaloo over how circumcision prevents HIV? Circumcision HIV impact doubted. Via a Week in sex news roundup over at sexuality.about.com, which also asks:

Did you know that eHarmony claims responsibility for 43,000 marriages each year in the U.S.? Doesn’t that mean, statistically speaking, that they are also responsible for 21,500 divorces each year? Shouldn’t they be stopped?

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-11 16:17:30.148369+00 by: m

There have been an enormous number of ill founded, poorly designed, and biased studies indicating that circumcision is a useful method of disease and cancer prevention, not only in men directly, but their partners as well.

It is certainly not unreasonable to expect that a thin, easily damaged mucous membrane may provide a penetrable physical site for the entry of pathological organisms. But the measurement of the extent of this as a mode of transmission is difficult, and may depend more on the biases of the epidemiologists than on any physical or biological reality.

A further complicating issue is that circumcision is a cultural practice, and tends not to be the only difference in sexual, health and hygienic practices between the studied populations. More than one such study has floundered on such a reef. The difference noted in the above study between Americans and Africans is archetypal.

Not quite in the class of those who claim to have figured their way around the Second Law, but the results of such studies are suspect.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-12 03:02:39.878591+00 by: polly

pooh on eHarmony. I've taken the "test" for compatibilty 3 times, I've even changed answers 3 times...each time the result comes back "there is no one in the US who is compatible for you OR that you are compatible to." fickle test.

have you noticed on their commercials how the "successful" couples resemble each other?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-12 18:40:05.326085+00 by: petronius

Maybe of E-harmony is doing things right none of their marriages end in divorce, and the rest can be attributed to the old-fashioned methods. Or not. (full disclosure: still married after 31 years, via the old fashioned method.)