The CDC has been working hard to "remove financial barriers" to circumcision (in other words, get all Medicaid programs to pay), and has been working on their official guidelines and recommendations.
You can learn more and find links to key contacts at the CDC from the www.circumcisionandhiv.com
website (click on CDC/AAP project)
regarding specific links to CDC items of interest:http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/Displ...p?FundNbr=3731
this link is about the male circumcision trials they are currently running in the US
They are co-hosting a conference next week on HIV prevention in the United States, and several sessions are devoted, at least in part, to the "benefits" of circumcision.
The most troubling session is:http://www.2009nhpc.org/search_abstract.asp?fid=224
The Introduction of Circumcision for HIV Prevention in non-circumcising US communities
the abstract actually lists things like lobbying both the AAP and Medicaid to endorse circumcision, and a goal of increasing circumcision 30% in African American and Hispanic communities in the US
Here is their current summary statement, while drafting their formal recommendations, as you can see, it is heavily pro-circumcision, it completely discounts risks and harms, as well as ethics, and it actually takes studies on adult males in Africa as the primary basis of their current thinking:http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/fac...rcumcision.htm
So, while the CDC is investing all of this time and money into promoting circumcision for HIV prevention (the experiment that has already failed in America considering we have the highest rate of HIV AND non-religous newborn circumcision in the developed world) the CDC is choosing to turn a blind eye on all of the risks and harms of circumcision.
If you do contact them, ask them how many newborns die from circumcision every year (they don't know because they won't study this). Ask them how many severe botches their are, and how many MRSA outbreaks are from circumcision - all important public health and safety issues they are ignoring. Earlier this year, a baby in the Atlanta area got a $2.3 million settlement because part of his penis was cut off - did the CDC investigate how common this was? NO
If you have supportive pediatricians, other medical professional in your life - PLEASE talk with them- urge them to contact the CDC about this frightening waste of taxpayer resources.