The highly respected and authoritative American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed its position on infant male circumcision. Several studies in Africa suggesting that the procedure may protect heterosexual men against HIV brought the academy to conclude that the health benefits of infant circumcision outweigh the risks. Continue Reading
We are all aware of many high-priced drugs, some costing more than $10,000 a month for treatment, that have radically altered the course of a patient’s illness. We are also aware of a huge market in generic-equivalent drugs, many of which are similar in chemical composition and effect to their high-priced cousins. Continue Reading
The concept of “to be or not to be,” circumcised that is, is both ageless and fraught with emotional, religious, psychological, medical, and moral issues. All sides have argued both for and against circumcision with a high degree of emotion and ill-conceived prejudice. Continue Reading
ANAL INTERCOURSE: WHAT’S THE REAL DEAL?
I was being interviewed on a call-in radio show originating from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a few days ago and was quite surprised that several listeners asked questions about anal intercourse. I am no moralist nor arbiter of human sexual behavior and, in general, follow the principle that behind closed doors, anything goes between consenting adults—as long as the behavior is safe and no person is injured. Along these lines, I must emphasize an important caveat: I draw the line at unprotected anal intercourse.
To Be Or Not To Be–Circumcised, That Is!
Let’s cut right to the chase. From a urologist’s perspective, it is better (on balance) for a newborn male to be circumcised than not to be. There are many specific reasons for me to draw that conclusion, but more about that in a moment. In order to make a rational decision regarding neonatal circumcision, yes or no, one has to put aside a plethora of emotional, moral, ethical, cultural, and religious “biases.”