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edited August 2009 in Religion & Philosophy
Report: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'
Monday, August 24, 2009


Print ShareThisIn 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.

Comments

  • Looks like God was a little ahead of the curve.
  • said:

    Looks like God was a little ahead of the curve.[/quote:2zfc9yn3]

    As always...

  • [quote:3ohpalvx]The main issue in the U.S. is men who have sex with men.[/quote:3ohpalvx]

    Article was clearly written by a blatant homophobe.

    [quote:3ohpalvx]Meanwhile, critics of the recommendation said it subjects newborn boys to “medically unnecessary” surgery without their consent.[/quote:3ohpalvx]
    :lol:
  • Lots of docs have become wealthy by recommending and performing this unnecessary surgery. Can you blame them? If you are a black-hearted, corrupt pediatrician (we all know those bastards go into it for the money), who wouldn't you make an easy $30,000 by lopping off a kid's foreskin, even if you know perfectly well he doesn't need it.

    Our system is sick and broken. If only there were a source of hope to lead in change to a better way.
  • said:

    Lots of docs have become wealthy by recommending and performing this unnecessary surgery. Can you blame them? If you are a black-hearted, corrupt pediatrician (we all know those bastard go into it for the money), who wouldn't you make an easy $30,000 by lopping off a kid's foreskin, even if you know perfectly well he doesn't need it.

    Our system is sick and broken. If only there were a source of hope to lead in change to a better way.[/quote:3fh3zru9]

    This commentary peels back the superfluous & cuts to the very root of the problem.

  • I predict that we've barely hit the tip of the iceberg in this conversation...
  • It seems to me that current legislative efforts are all about shafting both the doctors and the patients. I think the president is going off half-cocked, and that any sweeping change to this country's healthcare system is entirely premature.

    History will surely show Obama's efforts to change the country to be flaccid. There is no doubt however, that some places will still erect statues in his honor.

    I only hope that he will be man enough to reach around to the other side of the aisle and come to some sort of compromise on his position.
  • said:

    It seems to me that current legislative efforts are all about shafting both the doctors and the patients. I think the president is going off half-cocked, and that any sweeping change to this country's healthcare system is entirely premature.

    History will surely show Obama's efforts to change the country to be flaccid. There is no doubt however, that some places will still erect statues in his honor.

    I only hope that he will be man enough to reach around to the other side of the aisle and come to some sort of compromise on his position.[/quote:21jk9w1s]

    Dick.

  • "Well maybe, one day, when the pig-men roam free, then we will have better traditions. But until then, OFF with their heads!"

    -Elaine Benes
  • said:

    It seems to me that current legislative efforts are all about shafting both the doctors and the patients. I think the president is going off half-cocked, and that any sweeping change to this country's healthcare system is entirely premature.

    [i:3852so9a]-----snip-----[/i:3852so9a]
    [/quote:3852so9a]

    Fixed your post.

  • The political commentary in this thread makes you all sound like a bunch of skinheads. Once the ideological layer is peeled back, one sees the slicing and dicing necessary for your argument to hold. You're really not in the same vein as better, more convincing political discourse.

    Welcome to the fold, gentlemen.
  • The idea of making this procedure mandatory definitely adds a new wrinkle to the health care debate. It would be a pretty ballsy move for the legislature to pass such a measure, when so many of our elected representatives are within inches of losing their heads (figuratively) when election time comes around.
  • [quote:2t6p8c90]...public health officials are considering the promotion of “universal circumcision” for all baby boys born in the United States.[/quote:2t6p8c90]
    Doesn't sound very universal to me. What about the rest of the world? And why not the girls? :shock:
  • said:

    And why not the girls? :shock:[/quote:2dsgp66t]

    Because outside of large metropolital areas, it is very difficult to locate females that have foreskin.

  • said:

    [quote:2pl5se28]...public health officials are considering the promotion of “universal circumcision” for all baby boys born in the United States.[/quote:2pl5se28]
    Doesn't sound very universal to me. What about the rest of the world? And why not the girls? :shock:[/quote:2pl5se28]

    Some folks are bound to labia a 'sick puppy' for saying that, man. Seek help before more disturbing words split from your lips.

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