Friday, May 15, 2009

Pro-Circ Doc to Head Centers for Disease Control

Good news for the circumcision movement! President Obama has named Thomas Frieden, MD, to be the new Director of the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Frieden has been the New York City Health Commissioner. He drove the anti-circs crazy when the New York Times reported that NYC would recommend that all males be circumcised to prevent the spread of HIV. Frieden apparently backed away, or claimed that was never the original intent, but in a letter to the NYT on April 9, 2007, he encouraged discussion of this issue, saying he awaited "stronger evidence." His letter is below, but NOTE that it was written two years ago. In those two years, we now have incredibly strong evidence of the value of circumcision in reducing not only HIV but HPV and STDs in both men and women. Dr. Frieden's appointment is a significant blow to the anti-circumcision fanatics, as he appears to be a man who wants to follow the science.

Old Letter to NYT from new CDC Director:

"The New York City Health Department has not planned, developed or announced a campaign to encourage at-risk men to get circumcised. Like other domestic health agencies, we are encouraging people to discuss and study this issue."

"Because circumcision has the potential to decrease H.I.V. transmission by more than half, we hope that men who choose the procedure will have access to it. A campaign to promote circumcision in this country would be premature without stronger evidence, but the time is right for a communitywide dialogue."

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D. New York City Health Commissioner New York, April 9, 2007

3 comments:

  1. There is a circumcision movement? Where do you join?

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  2. As you say, "We now have incredibly strong evidence of the value of circumcision in reducing not only HIV but HPV and STDs in both men and women."

    Yes, exactly: the evidence is incredible -- as in, not credible. Not at all. Don't assume your experience of, and enthusiasm for, a circumcised penis is universal. Far from it.

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  3. Wow this is pretty sad. Why not let men chose for themselves? It is not your choice, or the parents choice. The fact of the matter is that it is HIS choice.

    And anyone that thinks we do not have choice over our own body does not own their own body by their own logic.

    If your still unconvinced check this out: a link to many famous men that hate being circumcised. http://www.circumstitions.com/Resent.html

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