Thursday, April 05, 2007

"I'll take 'certain decisions' for $200, Alex"

According to an article in today's New York Times (May 5, 2007),

"New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is planning a campaign to encourage men at high risk of AIDS to get circumcised in light of the World Health Organization’s endorsement of the procedure as an effective way to prevent the disease.

". . . In three recent clinical trials in Africa, circumcision was shown to lower a man’s risk of contracting the virus from heterosexual sex by about 60 percent. On March 28, the World Health Organization officially recommended that countries adopt the procedure as part of their AIDS prevention plans.

"Peter Staley, a longtime AIDS activist and co-founder of ACT-UP New York . . . said he was “intrigued” by the idea of offering circumcisions but . . . after reading many postings on gay Web sites about the Africa trials, he said he feared a backlash among black and Hispanic men to endorsements of circumcision from white public health officials or gay activists

". . . he said. 'It’s going to sound like white guys telling black and Hispanic guys to do something that would affect their manhood.'"
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