February #32 : The Cutting Edge

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Table of Contents

Marked Man

Warts and All

Cracker Jack

Names Will Never Hurt You?

War on the Warts

Rub a Drug Flub

Déjà Vu

Green Means Go

The Cutting Edge

Sealed w/KS

Shalala Infections

An Ad Is an Ad Is an Ad

ADAP Tapped

Trojan Wars

Girls on Trial

The Pill Drill

Say What

Tapped for Greatness

My Brother

Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels

Carmine’s Story

There Is Hope: Learning to Live With HIV

Crocodile Tears

The Kinsey Sicks



Cocktails: The Morning After

Patrolling the Borders


Instruments of Infection

Hiccup Blues

A New Kind of Waisting

.38 Caliber

The Labors for Your Fruits

Barbed Comments

Party Planner

Hollywood Golightly

At the End of My Hope

Criminal Body

I Got All My Sistahs With Me

Primo Chemo



POZ Stars


Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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February 1998

The Cutting Edge

To halt HIV, off with their heads?

Uncut males are more likely to get HIV due to the tissue-paper-like thinness of the foreskin, said Dr. Edgar Schoen, a pediatric consultant at California’s Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. “The foreskin is delicate and the lining tears. HIV can enter [the macrophages] through that,” he said, referring to roughly 30 reports, including a Seattle study of 300 gay men revealing that those with foreskins were one-and-a-half times more likely to contract the virus. Other studies show that circumcision can reduce the risk of penis cancer, and kidney and urinary tract infection. That extra little hood, Schoen said, is a magnet for bacteria. Anticircumcision groups and “natural man” fanatics slam the slicing process as barbaric and question the “half-cocked” medical evidence. And Schoen’s has put out a heads-up for universal newborn circumcision. In Europe, only about 22 percent of men go under the knife; in the United States, about 70 percent get snipped.

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