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A Cut Above the Rest: Non-Surgical Circumcision Could Help Fight AIDS in Africa

A device to facilitate non-surgical adult male circumcision could revolutionize the fight against the spread of HIV.

When Tzameret Fuerst wakes up every morning, she has one thing on her mind: Saving 4 million lives through circumcision. Fuerst is the CEO of Circ MedTech, which developed a device to facilitate non-surgical adult male circumcision—a tool that could revolutionize the fight against the spread of HIV.

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Rough Cut: Weighing the Emotional and Medical Cases Against Circumcision

I'm not sure any medical study could actually convince me to change my longstanding opposition to circumcising newborns.

A slowly percolating body of evidence suggests that circumcision could have real—if not always drastic—health benefits in men. New research out of Australia suggests that uncircumcised men are 50 times more likely than circumcised men to develop penile cancer. In South Africa, adult male circumcision has been linked to huge drops in HIV transmission in the region. One CDC study of men in Baltimore found that among straight black men who had been exposed to HIV, those who contracted the virus were twice as likely to be uncircumcised. The CDC has considered recommending routine circumcision in an effort to fight HIV.

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