Will there be a new CDC circumcision requirement? Reports state that the CDC may consider routine circumcision for newborns. Read more and see photos and video here.
Studies have shown that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting AIDS and other STDs by a substantial margin. It can also help prevent urinary tract infection. A new study based in Africa seems to suggest that circumcision can reduce the risk of HIV infection by nearly 60%.
In the United States, nearly 75% of all newborns are already being circumcised, but the CDC is considering issuing an updated recommendation that all babies should be required to have the procedure done.
The chief of epidemiology at the CDC, Dr. Peter Kilmarx says:
“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. 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.”
Critics of the new proposal are quick to point out that the African study only focused on cases in which HIV was contracted through heterosexual sex. The latest statistics in the US however, indicate that the highest rate of contraction occurs between homosexual men.
With some Americans feeling as though they already have too much government in their lives, this issue is sure to be a thorny one. The CDC will release a draft of the proposal by the end of 2009.
What do you think? Would the CDC be overstepping by attempting to require circumcision in all boys? Or do you think it would be worth the benefit to public health? Let us know in the comments section below.
Check out a video about the subject below.