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Universal Circumcision. . . Yay or Nay?

Posted by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:19 PM
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Report: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'


In an effort to reduce the spread of HIV, public health officials are considering the promotion of “universal circumcision” for all baby boys born in the United States.

The move comes after officials analyzed the results of several studies that show in African countries hit hard by HIV, men who were circumcised reduced their infection risk by half, the New York Times reported. However, those studies focused on heterosexual men who are at risk of getting HIV from infected female partners. The main issue in the U.S. is men who have sex with men.

In 2008, the CDC estimated that more than 56,000 people were newly infected with HIV in 2006 (the most recent year that data are available). Over half of those new infections occurred in gay and bisexual men.

Click here for more facts on circumcision from the CDC.

Meanwhile, critics of the recommendation said it subjects newborn boys to “medically unnecessary” surgery without their consent.

But Dr. Peter Kilmarx, chief of epidemiology for the division of HIV/AIDS prevention at the CDC, told the Times that any step that could stop the spread of HIV must be given “serious consideration.”

“We have a significant HIV epidemic in this country, and we really need to look carefully at any potential intervention that could be another tool in the toolbox we use to address the epidemic,” Kilmarx told the newspaper. “What we’ve heard from our consultants is that there would be a benefit for infants from infant circumcision, and that the benefits outweigh the risks.”

An official draft of the proposed recommendations by the CDC is due out by the end of the year. In the meantime, the CDC is hosting its National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta this week.

Click here to read more from the New York Times.

by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:19 PM
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RheaF
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Um sorry bieng intact doesnt spread STD's not wearing a condom does!!!! This argument drives me insane! Does every man in Europe have HIV? Hmmmm... and dont site the Africa thing, they have wide spread AID's due to a severe lack of knowledge and understanding. I will be damned if I sit back and allow the Government to tell me what can and cannot be done with MY son's penis. I dont care if someone circ's their son, I will never see it, doesnt effect me at all. But my DS is intact, and any future children we have will be as well.

On a side note who is going to pay for them?

isra1986
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:27 PM

I think it should be a choice.

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LauraKW
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Never happen. 

wickedfiress
by Ruby Member on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:28 PM

I'm not for anything that takes your personal medical decisions away.

It's amazing how people don't hold themselves to the standards they set for others.

JGLeagones
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Parents deserve a choice.


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UncondtnlLove
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Even though I did have my son circumsized, I feel the same way as this lady feels about this subject and all of the ones like it.

Quoting wickedfiress:

I'm not for anything that takes your personal medical decisions away.


aarkat
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:31 PM

nay.    i think a condom and safe sex education would be much more effective than circumcision.

KokoJones
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:31 PM

its called you teach your child proper hygene and how to protect themselves when they become sexually active

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by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:31 PM

many of these african countries referred to do not have the same quality of hygiene that we do.  nor are they always properly educated about safe sex.  these are third world countries....a couple years back an african leader who admitted to sleeping with an HIV positive woman said he was safe because he "took a shower right after."  this was on of the TOP LEADERS of the country!  while i would push for universal circumcision there for those reasons, i dont think its as necessary here, where hygiene and safe sex are both taught at a pretty young age.


JenniferLeh
by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 9:47 PM

 I'm pro circ, but I'm more pro choice than anything else.




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