Sunday, August 23, 2009

The kindest cut.....

If an HIV vaccine were proven to reduce the risk for HIV infection by 60% in a high risk group, it would be front page news. We’ve known for some time, though, that male circumcision can reduce heterosexually-acquired HIV infection in men to that degree. Nonetheless, public health authorities and professional societies have generally been lukewarm about the practice, and there is vocal opposition to circumcision.

According to this article in today’s NY Times, the CDC is getting close to recommending routine circumcision for all male babies born in the United States, and the American Academy of Pediatrics is also considering endorsing routine circumcision.

2 comments:

  1. This is a superb blog. I hope you don't mind that I gave it a little extra publicity: http://runningahospital.blogspot.com/2009/08/thoughtful-views-on-hospital-infections.html.

    Keep it going!

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  2. Thanks for the shout-out! I think we got a record number of unique visitors today, which is a testament to the quality and popularity of your blog, Paul. Mike and I have had fun with this so far, so I think we'll continue for now!

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