Recommend Routine Circumcision, Experts Tell CDC

by Rajashri on  August 31, 2009 at 9:42 PM AIDS/HIV News
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Recommend Routine Circumcision, Experts Tell CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is mulling on whether to recommend routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the US. This measure is being considered so that the spread of HIV and other infections may be curbed.

Experts feel that the recommendation is not controversial as nearly 80 percent of adult American men are already circumcised. They also feel that since many studies show that circumcision reduces rates of HIV transmission, the CDC should ignore cries of outrage and should simply go ahead and recommend the procedure.

Many studies have also shown that circumcised men have lower rates of other sexually transmitted diseases like herpes and also have lower rates of penile cancers.


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Plenty of EXPERTS think the opposite, that circumcision should be banned.

The idea of cutting healthy infants to slightly improve odds of avoiding adult diseases that can be easily avoided by other means is QUITE controversial precisely BECAUSE 80% of US adults are already circumcised. Is it not OBVIOUS that circumcision han't helped? We have THREE TIMES the HIV incidence that Europe has, and almost nobody there is circumcised.

Foreskin feels REALLY good. HIS body, HIS decision.

In Europe, almost no-one circumcises unless they're Muslim or Jewish, and they have significantly lower rates of almost all STI's including HIV.

Even in Africa, there are six countries where men are more likely to be HIV+ if they've been circumcised: Rwanda, Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, and Swaziland. Eg in Malawi, the HIV rate is 13.2% among circumcised men, but only 9.5% among intact men. In Cameroon, the HIV rate is 4.1% among circumcised men, but only 1.1% among intact men. If circumcision really worked against AIDS, this just wouldn't happen. We now have people calling circumcision a "vaccine" or "invisible condom", and viewing circumcision as an alternative to condoms.

ABC (Abstinence, Being faithful, Condoms) is the way forward. Promoting genital surgery will cost lives, not save them.

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