Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CDC circumcision recommendation under review

via Thomas Kraemer

The controversial American practice of circumcising baby boys continues being done despite the fact that health care reform would suggest that this type of unnecessary medical procedure shouldn't be done.

The possible reduction in HIV transmission and other infections is a stupid reason. Cutting off the foreskin off of baby boy's penises to "prevent a substantial number of infections" is ridiculous as cutting off baby girl's breasts to prevent breast cancer

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1 comment:

Mark Lyndon said...

Circumcision is a dangerous distraction in the fight against AIDS. There are six African countries where men are *more* likely to be HIV+ if they've been circumcised: Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, and Swaziland. Eg in Malawi, the HIV rate is 13.2% among circumcised men, but only 9.5% among intact men. In Rwanda, the HIV rate is 3.5% among circumcised men, but only 2.1% 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. The South African National Communication Survey on HIV/AIDS, 2009 found that 15% of adults across age groups "believe that circumcised men do not need to use condoms".

The one randomized controlled trial into male-to-female transmission showed a 54% higher rate in the group where the men had been circumcised btw.

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

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