08/22/2006 02:07 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cut Off Their Heads! (So to Speak)

Circumcision to prevent AIDS transmission will put millions of infants at risk during surgery (albeit minor surgery) in less than ideal situations and locales.

The reasoning is similar to pulling all of an African male's teeth to prevent cavities.

I do not agree with those on the extreme end of this discussion who call circumcision "mutilation" but I think that purported medical benefits must be weighed against known and possible risks.

The research and recommendations are ethnocentric and at least a bit racist.

Education and condoms will save lives and it is possible that mass circumcision will actually cost some men and baby boys their lives.