Even if circumcision actually helped prevent AIDS, it still would be no reason to circumcise INFANTS.
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2/16/07 at 3:17pm
I am saddened to see that your website is giving credit to the flawed Circumcision/AIDS study that was done in Africa. Please read this article from Doctors Opposing Circumcision to see the truth behind this flawed "study."
Because of your article, I fear many more children will be put through the torment of circumcision for no good reason. Are you aware of the many problems that can arise from circumcision? Are you aware of the excruciating pain that is involved with circumcision? Are you aware that this "study" says that condoms must still be worn to protect against AIDS? Please remove this article from your website before too many parents read it and put their baby through unnecessary surgery.
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!
Did anybody else see the advertisement at the right side of that stupid article.
Here it is!
Stupid stupid stupid people.
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Do we have a correct email to send a letter to? I can literally hear the baby boys screaming from all the readers getting so much confirmation that circ is the right choice, and those on the fence falling off.
I can't believe even a mainstream parenting magazine can be that irresponsible.
How many AIDS deaths are they now going to be responsible for amongst adult men who will now think that they are protected? How is it that they manage to forget all the men that were circ'd in those studies and still got it?
This is just unbelievable stupidity, that journalist deserves to be fired for dangerously incompetent journalism.
: Horrible horrible horrible article. They just got many many more baby boys cut.
|"The results from the African studies were so staggering that the
clinical trials were halted by the National Institutes of Health Data
Safety and Monitoring Board, which concluded that not offering
circumcision to every man was unethical and an unnecessary risk to their
Thanks. I wrote:
Dear Parents Magazine,
It is absolutely appalling that you would promote infant male circumcision on your website, based on questionable studies about the link between circumcision and HIV transmission in Africa.
Neither the American Medical Association nor the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its position on routine infant circumcision in light of the African studies. On the contrary, they have reaffirmed their statement that they find no medical basis for recommending it. It is highly irresponsible for you to print an article promoting it, when the national medical organizations are still saying that the potential benefits do not outweigh the risks and side effects.
A child born today has fifteen to twenty years before he becomes sexually active. By then, we will know far more about the link between circumcision and HIV. At that point, a mature young man will be able to evaluate his own behaviors and risk, weigh the evidence, and make his own decision about circumcision. It's just too personal a choice to be made by any but the man who will have to live with the consequences.
Your token mention of cultural and ethical considerations at the end of the article did not mask the piece as unbiased. You were attempting to paint as sensible the most irrational of American customs--the genital mutilation of baby boys. Boy or girl, African or American, no child deserves to be seized by stronger adults, forcibly restrained, and suffer the severing of the most sensitive, private parts of his or her body. Circumcision irrevocably alters a person's sexuality and deprives him of control over his or her own body. It's not a medical question; it's a human rights issue.
Here's an idea: Why don't you print a piece that looks at the rise of the intactivism (anti-circumcision) movement and the decline of circumcision rates in America? There's a controversy raging in this country over male genital cutting, and you would do your readers a better service by reporting on that debate than by promoting an unnecessary surgery that even the AMA and AAP don't recommend.
A mother of two young boys