Focusing on Uncut Teenage Boys
The CDC plans to recommend that M.D.s tell their uncircumcised teenage male patients about the health benefits of having the procedure performed. Male circumcision has been shown to result in 50 to 60 percent less risk of HIV transmission, and added protection against such other sexually transmitted diseases as herpes and human papilloma virus. The CDC proposal is a response to the recent decrease in the circumcision rate in male infants, and focuses on teenagers because surveys of uncircumcised adult men find only 10 percent willing to undergo the surgery even when informed of the reduced risk of AIDS and other sex-linked diseases. Some critics condemn the procedure as mutilation, and the CDC proposal will accordingly be open to 45 days of public comment before becoming final.