INTACT PUMPKIN PATCH



Have a carved or decorated pumpkin this fall that you're using to spread the message of genital autonomy? We'd love to add your #i2 pumpkin to the patch! Send a picture to SavingSons@gmail.com or upload to Saving Our Sons on Facebook. All submissions will receive a set of Holiday Info Cards and stickers (pick your favorites here) for seed-planting throughout the coming seasons. One lucky winner will receive a bigger prize pack filled with intact goodies. Email your mailing address when submitting your pumpkin photo if you'd like to receive these items.

Sampling of photos from past years' Intact Pumpkin Patches

















Photo from Christina at Intact Iowa

Photo from Danielle at Intact Indiana

Last Halloween 2015, Jonathon Conte, of the Bay Area Intactivists, submitted a photo of the goodie bags he put together to hand out. He wrote, "Not a pumpkin, but it's Halloween advocacy," and added, "Although I don't think anything contained in our Halloween treat bags is inappropriate for children, I just wanted to make it clear that children are not the primary audience for these. The vast majority of people participating in [our local event] are adults." If you are handing out goodies this Halloween, and have an adult audience coming by your house, party, or other event, consider including cards or stickers with your stash. You'll plant seeds of information with a whole new audience.

Halloween and other themed info cards available at: SavingSons.org/p/info-cards.html

By Anthony at Intact Massachusetts

By Brian at Intact Connecticut

By Brittany at Intact Utah



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Circumcised Men More Likely to Have Sexually Transmitted Infections



A common myth heard in North America is that "circumcision will prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)." However research time and again demonstrates otherwise.

A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reports that over a lifetime, intact men have fewer STIs, fewer cases of genital warts, and are less likely to contract HIV.

Source: Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2012 Nov; 9(11):2933-7.

ABSTRACT 

Introduction 
Circumcision among adult men has been widely promoted as a strategy to reduce human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission risk. However, much of the available data derive from studies conducted in Africa, and there is as yet little research in the Caribbean region where sexual transmission is also a primary contributor to rapidly escalating HIV incidence.

Aim 
In an effort to fill the void of data from the Caribbean, the objective of this article is to compare history of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV diagnosis in relation to circumcision status in a clinic‐based sample of men in Puerto Rico.

Methods 
Data derive from an ongoing epidemiological study being conducted in a large STI/HIV prevention and treatment center in San Juan in which 660 men were randomly selected from the clinic's waiting room. 

Main Outcome Measures
We assessed the association between circumcision status and self‐reported history of STI/HIV infection using logistic regressions to explore whether circumcision conferred protective benefit.

Results 
Almost a third (32.4%) of the men were circumcised (CM). Compared with uncircumcised (UC) men, CM have accumulated larger numbers of STI in their lifetime (CM = 73.4% vs. UC = 65.7%; P = 0.048), have higher rates of previous diagnosis of warts (CM = 18.8% vs. UC = 12.2%; P = 0.024), and were more likely to have HIV infection (CM = 43.0% vs. UC = 33.9%; P = 0.023). Results indicate that being CM predicted the likelihood of HIV infection (P value = 0.027).

Conclusions 
These analyses represent the first assessment of the association between circumcision and STI/HIV among men in the Caribbean. While preliminary, the data indicate that in and of itself, circumcision did not confer significant protective benefit against STI/HIV infection. Findings suggest the need to apply caution in the use of circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy, particularly in settings where more effective combinations of interventions have yet to be fully implemented.

Rodriguez‐Diaz CE, Clatts MC, Jovet‐Toledo GG, Vargas‐Molina RL, Goldsamt LA, and GarcĂ­a H. More than foreskin: Circumcision status, history of HIV/STI, and sexual risk in a clinic‐based sample of men in Puerto Rico. J Sex Med 2012;9:2933–2937.
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