Frieden on Circumcision, the Times

The city’s health commissioner is attempting to clarify his position on government support for circumcision as a means of reducing

The city’s health commissioner is attempting to clarify his position on government support for circumcision as a means of reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS.

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In a letter forwarded to me by a reader (and subsequently posted on this website), Tom Frieden wrote:

“We do not yet know what impact circumcision could have on HIV transmission in New York City, and we have not suggested or planned any initiative or campaign. Quite to the contrary, I indicated in an interview with the New York Times (the source of the misrepresentation) that I very much doubted that even 1% of men at high risk in NYC would undergo the procedure.”

The rest of the letter is here.

— Azi Paybarah

Frieden on Circumcision, the Times