24 August 2009

I Just Wish They'd Make up Their Minds

I welcome some medical expert reader help here, but haven't medical associations and government agencies changed their mind several times on the issue of circumcision? It's hygenic, it's unnecessary, it's cultural, it's an anti-HIV tactic...

I think I've posted on the religious objections against the practice before. My question here is about the vacillation on the subject. What gives? How can we allow experts to run our lives if they keep changing their minds?

From Fox News:

Report: CDC Considers Promoting 'Universal Circumcision'

Monday , August 24, 2009

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.


StGuyFawkes said...

On the question of "vacillation" all I can say is please, doctor, don't vacillate while you're doing it!!!


But seriously folks....

I am really surprised in our overly eroticized, sexually twisted (in a word, sinful) society, we haven't heard from the usual culprits that circumcision reduces the pleasure of the conjugal act.

Those of us old enough to remember the sixties can remember how with such great piety it was once proposed that circumsicsion was a plot to reduce sensuality.

As if the darned society isn't overly stimulated already.

cmziall said...

Oh no. . .not this one again! LOL! I know it's informational, I somewhat hope I don't have to cross that bridge again.

Calm Mother said...

TThe American Medical Association is not the group behind this, so they are not changing their mind.

For the CDC to recommend that all infant boys in the US be circumcised is just unnecessary. They admit that in the US, most of the HIV infections are spread from homosexual relations.

Aids isn't even listed on the 10 leading causes of death in the US. So, there is no need for people to panic that their sons must be circumcised or die.

Now, if I lived in Africa, I might be asking for the knife after giving birth to a boy. . .

StGuyFawkes said...

If the reason for universal manhood circumcision is to reduce the transmission of HIV, and if HIV is mostly spread by homosexual activity then the inescapable conclusion of this big government argument is that circumcision should be mandatory for homosexuals.

Don't mean to be weird but that's where the logic of this statist argument leads.

Now of course most men don't know they are gay until they are about 17 years of age. And what's that I hear about how in Africa the teenage boys take the "procedure" with a stone knife and then jump into a cold stream......?

Any "Doctors Without Borders" who might want to set up a clinic on Boyle Avenue?

Mike said...

If Dr. Kilmarx is serious about any Step that would prevent the spread of aids be given serious consideration then lets consider the obvious . that sexual activity between homosexuals be outlawed and enforced.