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CDC may recommend circumcisions to prevent spread of HIV

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In an effort to curtail the spread of HIV, some health officials are suggesting all babies be circumcised, an idea that has sparked some controversy.

Though no formal recommendations have been set, it's already been reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering the action due to spikes in people infected with HIV.

Earlier this year it was reported that the number of Washington DC residents who were infected with HIV had risen when compared to last year's figures.

However, some experts question the benefit of a mandated circumcision since it does not appear to protect those who are at a greater risk of getting the virus, the New York Times reports. In this case, it is men who have sex with other men.

Dr Peter Kilmarx, chief of epidemiology for the HIV/AIDS prevention division at the CDC, told the news provider circumcisions may be necessary.

"What we've heard from our consultants is that there would be a benefit for infants from infant circumcision, and that the benefits outweigh the risks," Kilmarx said.

In general, many health officials have said that people knowing their health status through HIV testing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of AIDS.ADNFCR-2248-ID-19336026-ADNFCR

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