Circumcision Guidelines Target Teenagers

Doctors should start telling sexually active teenage boys who aren’t circumcised that the surgery can reduce their risk of contracting H.I.V. and other sexually transmitted infections from female partners, federal health officials propose.
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i was born in the 1930's, and my mother told me when she asked the doctor about circumcision, his response was, "When your teeth get dirty, do you have them pulled out?"

I remain an intact old man.

And clean, too.

0 2016-03-03 20:35:24 - Bob

As pointed out in the article, there is no evidence that this would be protective for anyone other than the male having unprotected sex with an HIV+ female. Is that part of the circumcision message really going to get across? My leftist conspiracy theorist side also wonders if this isn't all part of our avoidance of actual sex and sexuality education in general. Get a circumcision, stay abstinent until marriage because we don't want to discuss how to really stay safe in the real world.

2 2015-06-15 00:15:31 - Megan

The article states "it does not protect women from infection by men." That may be true, but it doesn't mean that there is no advantage in this for women. If you reduce the chances of a man getting one of these infections you also reduce the chances that he will pass an infection on to his sexual partners. Fewer infected men = fewer infected women.

0 2015-03-10 11:34:09 - jim

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