Thursday, April 05, 2007

Travel Advisory

This is a travel advisory for all men who are planning a trip to New York City any time in the future.

NYC Eyes Circumcision Push To Fight AIDS

NEW YORK - City health officials are considering a program to urge circumcision for men at high risk of HIV' - noting studies that the procedure can reduce the chances of getting the virus.

But Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that he was still not sure what role the city should have, "whether it's something that the government should be involved in, or just giving advice and making sure that people get educated."

All you fellows out there who are fighting without a helmet in the Big Apple, you'd better keep Captain Winky under house arrest for a while.

About 65 percent of all male babies in the United States are circumcised, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Those of you in the 35% minority, you guys know who you are... and the rest of us extend our sympathies.

Local AIDS activists had mixed feelings about the circumcision idea. Some doubted that encouraging circumcisions would significantly decrease infection rates, while others suggested the issue needs a study specific to New York.

"Should we proceed when we don't have hard data yet on the population here?" asked Peter Staley, a longtime AIDS activist and co-founder of ACT-UP New York.

Poor Peter has problems proceding without the data being hard. And the area hospitals are unsure if they can keep it up with the demand for the procedure. And I'm cutting it short before I get into more trouble.

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