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.