Thursday, March 25, 2004

More to fight about

Well, here's a nice little bomb dropping into the middle of the circumcision debate: Recent research suggests that circumcized men are less likely to contract HIV. The researchers have ruled out difference in lifestyle as the culprit and have now determined that HIV receptors in the foreskin are to blame for the discrepancy. As someone who's witnessed numerous fiery arguments over circumcision on adoptive parent e-mail lists -- and who mostly just never got around to circumcizing her own son, adopted at age 24 months and now 11 -- I really hate to see new research or thoughts of any sort coming down on this ever volatile topic. But if this is a decision your family is still wrestling with, well, wrestle some more.

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