“Intactivist” Group Lobbies CDC Against Circumcision
Posted Jul 31 2009 11:11am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing to issue new recommendations regarding circumcision and its supposed ability to low the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
One new group hopes to have a big voice in the circumcision debate. Intact America is based in New York and backed by a pro-intact Texas millionaire.
Circumcision rates are currently at about 50 percent in the States, with rates varying dependent on region. Intactivists worry that if government officials choose to rely on select African studies, the circumcision rate will again begin to rise.
The main studies in question show that circumcised men in Africa, a continent with a phenomenal AIDs infection rate, have a significantly lower rate of HIV infection than the general population. However, intactivists point out, many men circumcised there are for religious reasons; because they’re Muslim or occasionally Christian. So then, are they contracting fewer STDs because they’re circumcised or because they’re pious?
Indeed, one study shows that the rate of prostitutes in a population is a better indicator of the STD rate than is the rate of circumcision.
Intact America leader Georganne Chapin says circumcision is an issue of integrity,
Circumcision is inhumane - not just for the baby but for the parents and the doctors who do it.
Her group hopes to meet with the CDC in the next month.