HIV Debate: Circumcision for African Men?

Is it a lifesaving procedure, or could it make the epidemic worse?

“Only condoms protect people from it,” she said. “If a man in Africa hears that circumcision can protect him, he’ll think, ‘Hot dog, now I don’t have to use a condom.’ “

Are the dissenters on to something when they worry that this scientifically supported and widely endorsed approach could actually backfire? If so, what do we make of the idea that men in Africa can’t be trusted to be responsible after a surgery that could potentially save their lives? As is the case with so many issues related to health, science and race, the questions raised by this debate threaten to divide those who actually have a common goal. Weigh in in the comments section and let us know where you stand.

Jenée Desmond-Harris is The Root’s staff writer. Follow her on Twitter.