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Beyond Condoms: Introduction

Beyond Condoms

Beyond Condoms: Life After Latex

Ouch! Stop the Pain

Catching Up With . . . Jim Howley

Drag King

Queen of Hearts

S.O.S.

To the Editor

Hypodermic Hysteria

Streethearts

POZarazzi: Party Poop

Frogs Out of Hot Water

Clip 'n' Save

Swing Vote

Think Stink

"WeHo" Heave Ho

Little Rocked

Say What

Obits

Patriot Games

Policy Permutations

Ghost Reader

Show & Tell

Rescue 3-8-7

Dose Encounters

Nurse a Grudge

A Bum Rap

Where There’s Smoke...

Feelin' No Pain

Tranny Time

Where to Find It

Get Over It

Volunteers Wanted

Not Your Typical Tearjerker

Displace Dysplasia

Prevention Extension

Posterboy Always Rings Twice

Sense and Sinsemilla

POZ Picks

Aunt Evelyn's Letters



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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June 1999

Clip 'n' Save

by Scott Hess

Foreskin risk not clear-cut

Will circumcision save your skin? That’s still a question following the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) circumcision statement in March. AAP’s new head count concluded that although cut men may be at reduced risk for HIV, behavior is a “far more important” factor, and the potential benefits are not significant enough to recommend a routine clip. “The data is compelling in the HIV area,” said the AAP task force’s Alan Fleischman, MD. “But circumcision should not be considered a primary method of decreasing HIV transmission.”

AAP’s 1989 task force chairman, Edgar Schoen, MD, isn’t folding his hand, however: “There are 40 studies showing that [uncut] men are at three times the risk of contracting HIV,” he said. Ronald Goldman, author of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma, said AAP’s 1989 statement was widely misinterpreted as an endorsement of
circumcision when in fact its position was neutral.




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