July 5 2009
The debate continues with two pieces in the Observer today, both by the same journalist, Alex Renton. They are both strongly pro-circumcision and, although detailed, don't look at the case against. Renton is a food journalist.
July 16 2009
A piece on the BBC website about how research from John Hopkins School of Public Health found that circumcision does not prevent HIV positive men transmitting the virus to women:
"Circumcision of HIV-infected men did not reduce HIV transmission to female partners over 24 months; longer-term effects could not be assessed."
The trial was stopped because of the rates of infection. However, they continue to recommend circumcision, in conjunction with condom use. They suggest both circumcising earlier (ie circumcising boys) and continuing to circumcise HIV positive men in order not to stigmatize them.
"Women are disproportionately affected by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and - as this study shows - will still be at risk whether their partners are circumcised or not (...) The best way to guard against HIV is by always using a condom".
The link to the source article for the BBC story above, in The Lancet .