Thoughtful Thursday – Circumcision

A few years ago there was big news that circumcision reduces the likelihood that a man would contract HIV. The study was reportedly so successful that they even stopped it early because the researchers thought it would be unethical to continue. Those seem like some pretty compelling statements in favor of circumcision. However, there are many other factors to take into account. Over the years circumcision has been sold to us in various different ways.

Here are some articles about the circumcision/HIV controversy:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-a-rizvi/male-circumcision-and-the_b_249728.html

http://www.circumcisionandhiv.com/2009/07/africa-more-evidence-women-at-greater-risk-of-hiv-from-circumcised-men.html

http://www.momversation.com/blog/dads-view-circumcision

Circumcision is a painful, unnecessary surgery that is performed on less than half of the infant boys in the country. Many of the common concerns and arguments should be viewed critically before making a decision to remove part of your son’s body without his consent.

What are your thoughts on the circumcision/HIV debate?

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