I was riding in an Uber the other night in Denver and got to talking with the driver. He said he’s from Kenya. I told him I never visited Kenya but was almost there about 10 years ago, but the conference I was attending got moved to Uganda due to post-election violence in his country.
When I explained that I had been there with the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research (now Forum for Collaborative Research) and Gates Foundation to talk about analyzing the demand for adult male circumcision to prevent HIV transmission, he told me he’d actually been circumcised under that program, which he called a very successful one.
Historically the Luo –of which he is a member– did not practice circumcision, but that changed as a result of a major public health campaign. Documentation of the campaign always stresses the voluntary nature of the program, because circumcision is sometimes coerced.
We arrived at our destination before I had the chance to tell the driver about checking into the hotel that Colonel Qadaffi had just checked out of.
Maybe next time.