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June 19, 2007

circumcision back in the news

CNN reports that the circumcision numbers for 2004 are in and they're down. In some places less than 50% of boys were circumcised. Gawker chimes in with the help of some foreskin-championing "hos." We have discussed this before. I do not think CNN (or those dears at Gawker) really addressed how the more recent HIV/Africa study could change this trend. I have a hunch the circumcision rates will sneak back up a little. Stay tuned for 2007 numbers (in 2010) so we can see where we are now. Then.

by ceridwen at 3:49 PM
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AIDS in Africa is heterosexually transmitted, and unfaithful husbands are primarily to blame. AIDS around the North Atlantic is transmitted primarily by male homosexuality and by drug users who use hypodermics. The USA is at once the advanced nation with the smallest percentage of adult foreskins and the highest percentage of HIV positives and AIDS deaths. Hence it is unlikely that snipping infant boys will affect AIDS in the USA.

comment by Rosalyn at July 5, 2007 6:22 AM

I totally agree with you, Rosalyn, and find it utterly reassuring since we did not circumcise our son. I just wonder if the buzz about that study (with facts mangled as is often the case with buzz) coupled with the all mighty AAP's decision to reevaluate their position on circumcision (they currently state that it is medically unnecessary), may have an impact on how many people do not circumcise. But I'm glad you brought up that point b/c it was sadly missing from my blog. - Ceridwen

comment by ceridwen at July 5, 2007 2:03 PM

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