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Cutting Out Aids In New York With A Cicumcision

by | 7th, April 2007

A PLAN to offer free male circumcision to New Yorkers most at risk of contracting HIV is not going down well in the city.

You can take away a man’s cigarettes. You can take away his trans fats. But you’ll never take his foreskin.

“For anyone to think there is going to be a long line of men in their 20s lining up to have part of their anatomy chopped off, it’s ludicrous,” Tokes Osubu, executive director of Gay Men of African Descent, told the New York Post .

Three recent studies in Africa showed that circumcision reduced men’s chances of contracting HIV by up to 60 percent. The World Health Organization and UNAIDS recently backed circumcision as a weapon in the fight against AIDS.

Now, the health obsessed New York City government, which recently banned trans fats from restaurants, is consulting community groups and gay rights organizations about offering free circumcision.

New York health commissioner Thomas Frieden called New York “the epicenter of

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