New study shows circumcision reduces AIDS rates

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The decision to circumcise or not just got trickier. According to report earlier this month in the journal Lancet, a study conducted by the United States National Institutes of Health concludes that circumcised males are more than 50% less likely to contract the AIDS virus than their uncut brothers.

This on the heals of a report in the November issue of Pediatrics, the results of a 25-year study show that circumcised males are less susceptible to STDs.

Circumcision used to be the norm in American hospitals, but has been on the decline for at least 20 years as its medical benefit has been questioned and ties to cultural traditions (Jewish, Muslim) have loosened. These new studies certainly shift the ball back into the "pro-" court.

How about you? Did you have your baby boy circumcised? Why or why not?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.