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AAP ignores appeals from “Intactavists.” Declare with circumcision “benefits outweigh risks.”

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For months, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been planning their latest official statement regarding the controversial practice of infant circumcision – and has been the subject of intense lobbying by groups that both support and oppose the procedure.


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Contributor: Mollena Williams
Mollena Williams  

"Other criticisms of this ruling include trashing the supposed “health benefits” of circumcision; including the dubious claim that it reduces risk of HIV transmission. Compare HIV rates in Europe (where circumcision is rare) to America (where it is common) and you’ll see circumcision does NOTHING to protect against infection. In fact, American rates of HIV infection are GREATER than in Europe, South America and most of Asia – all places where circumcision is NOT routinely practiced."

I'm curious as to why Africa, where HIV issues are a broad and troubling issue causing so much death, is not mentioned.

From the Develop Africa website:

"Africa disproportionately bears the burden of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Although only 11% of the world's population lives in Africa, roughly 67% of those living with HIV/AIDS are in Africa. In Africa, there were 22.4 million people living with HIV and 1.9 million new HIV infections in 2008. An estimated 14 million children in Africa have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS."

I'm curious how this changes the information you're sharing, since the continent bearing the OVERWHELMING brunt of the HIV epidemic wasn't even mentioned?



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