Thursday, July 07, 2005

Circumcison and AIDS

"...AIDS is now the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. Since the beginning of the epidemic over 15 million Africans have died from AIDS. During 2004 an estimated 2.3 million adults and children died as a result of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa."

So what have researchers come up with to combat this epidemic? Circumcision... of course. "The study's preliminary results, disclosed Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, showed that circumcision reduced the risk of contracting HIV by 70 percent -- a level of protection far better than the 30 percent risk reduction set as a target for an AIDS vaccine." How does this make sense? Well... "Laboratory studies have found that the foreskin is rich in white blood cells, which are favored targets of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS." (There are many other medical advantages of circumcision.)

I find it ironic that the civilization that brought circumcision to the world so long ago least needs this new found safeguard. Circumcision began as a covenant between man and G-d. The Jewish people were to be a holy nation, a kingdom of priests. Judaism feels that sex is a positive thing but in the context of marriage.


At 7/08/2005 1:10 AM, Blogger Mississippi Fred MacDowell said...

Jews didn't "bring circumcision to the world". It was a long established custom in ancient Egypt and many other cultures at the time and since circumcize.

At 7/08/2005 1:17 AM, Blogger Mississippi Fred MacDowell said...

Although in fairness Judaism did essentially bring it to the West.

At 7/08/2005 3:27 AM, Blogger Jew Speak said...

For the Polynesians, Mayas of Yucatan, natives of Africa etc. circumcision is a widespread practice. In many cultures circumcision is believed to insure fertility. It also represents the attainment of manhood among those who practice this at puberty when it is extremely painful so that the youngster involved is obliged to exhibit a great deal of courage to undergo this practice.

However from a Jewish perspective *Brit Milah* literally means "covenant of circumcision." Abraham, Judaism's founding father, was the first person in history to have a *Brit Milah*.

Abraham vowed that he would teach his descendents to serve God with perfect devotion. In return, God promised to guarantee the survival of Abraham's progeny -- the family of Hebrews that became the nation of Israel that have since been known as the Jews.

more on circumcision

At 12/29/2005 11:48 AM, Blogger Datingmaster, Jerusalem said...

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