Report: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'

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  1. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Report: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision',2933,541970,00.html

    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.
  2. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    So since they want mandate this are they going to mandate counseling for homosexual indivuduals to make them strait again. Afterall, the highest risk group are gay men.
  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I think we should hit them with a gay tax. Drug users should get junkie taxes. Heck smokers and drinkers should not be singled out when there are many risky behaviors out there that are not taxed. :laugh2:

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Probably giving away a Fridge with every Circumcision.

  5. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    there is always the middle eastern approach.
  6. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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  7. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    Well, promoting something and mandating it aren't the same thing. Also, the homo to hetero conversion programs have been shown not to work.
  8. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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  9. Temo

    Temo Well-Known Member

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    Legislated mutilation for all infants! :(
  10. Viper

    Viper Active Member

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    poor Bob, this will leave him with nothing.:eek:

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