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News From Around the Web: Feb. 7 Edition

February 7th, 2012

In today’s top news, Feb. 7th marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Beyoncé makes her first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy and Super Bowl Champions the New York Giants return home to a parade in their honor.

Feb. 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. [BET]

Beyoncé makes her first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy. [BET]

New York Giants return home to a parade in their honor. [AP]

Al Sharpton is very concerned about the NYPD and muslims. [CapitalNewYork]

Santorum calls Obama “hostile” toward people of faith. [Politico]

Valerie Jarrett says much more needs to be done about Black unemployment. [BET]

Wal-Mart Foundation donates $9.5 million in grants to promote healthy eating among minorities. [BET]

LGBT advocacy group GLAAD wants Roland Martin fired over his Super Bowl tweets. [LATimes]

SAG Award winner Viola Davis gets glam for LA Times. [BET]

DNA testing manufacturer says one in ten Americans have questions about paternity. [MSNBC]

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HEALTH: Circumcision Helps Avoid Infection

March 27th, 2009

Yet another study concludes that circumcisions are important in fighting such sexually transmitted infections as herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV), but they do little to halt the effects of syphilis. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has far-reaching beneficial implications. Researchers point to places on the globe, such as African and India, with extremely high concentrations of sexually transmitted diseases. Genital herpes has been associated with an increased risk of HIV, and HPV can cause genital warts as well as a higher risk of anal, cervical (in women), and penile cancers. In the United States, infant circumcision is declining. About 64 percent of American male infants were circumcised in 1995, down from more than 90 percent in the 1970s. Rates tend to be higher in whites (81percent) than in blacks (65 percent) or Hispanics (54 percent). For many years critics have challenged the rationale behind circumcision. Jews and Muslims, however, ensure that males are circumcised as a religious practice.

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