New Circumcision Research Is Changing Minds


circumcision researchIt's hard to find a more contentious parenting issue than male circumcision. Okay, extended nursing in public -- that might do it. But if you want a fight, simply declare, loudly and proudly, that you're an intactivist. Or you just got back from a bris, and wow was it magical!

To add another element to the argument, new research has not only the Center for Disease Control but also the American Academy of Pediatrics coming out with a strong stance on circumcision, whereas before they stood back and let other people duke it out. And one side of this penile debate is not going to be happy. 

After research showed that circumcision helps prevent not only STD transmission, but also HIV, the AAP and CDC are drafting a pro-circ position. Of course, we don't know what the two authoritative organizations are going to say exactly, so it could still lean "but you go ahead and do what you think is best." Which, quite frankly, is what today's modern parent is going to do regardless of the recommendations.

Because if you think circumcision is mutilation, this study isn't going to sway you. Although if you were somewhere in the middle and had a big decision to make, it's possible you would go with the circ to help with the odds of your son contracting a disease down the line. That is what intactivists are afraid of: a trend that has turned back the recent progress in the movement.

Today about 50% of baby boys are circumcised, which is the lowest rate seen in modern times. Having two well-respected medical sources endorse the health benefits of circumcision could change those stats. As someone who believes it's no one's business what goes down in anyone else's pants -- cut or uncut -- I know it would make me think twice if faced with the option again today. Whether or not it would actually sway me? I dunno.

I would hope the kid always carried a condom, but as a former teenager, I also know that's not realistic. So yes, this throws a monkey wrench in the argument when you start thinking about the safety of your own child.

What do you think about this new research, and the CDC and AAP taking a new position?


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coffe... coffeeyum

I've always thought men are better if having a natural uncircumcized (for men) only when older boys are old enough for ...ya no.  ...yeah.    This will keep them aware of the need for cleanliness, and immediate care of their hygiene.   Oh, and of course it will make them responsible to themselves and not so man's world only crap.

potte... potterpeaches

It's probably not ging to sway me. I'm from a culture where hardly anyone is circed and we don't have all these health issues that pro-circ people shout about. Plus I saw a painful looking penis on a recently circed newborn and it made me feel sick. It's not something I could ever do to my baby boy, but if other people make that choice for their's then I'm more than happy to mind my own business.

Dakota Brizendine

I would like to read more about this research. I am always a skeptic when it comes to doctors recommending things they get paid to do.

nonmember avatar Bob

Male circumcision is a safe, popular, healthy & beneficial procedure for individuals & parents to choose. It provides benefits such as 12x less likely for UTI, +22x less likely for cancer, 28% less risk for herpes, 35% for HPV & 60% for HIV/AIDS. The risks are about 0.2% and are typically minor & easily corrected.

Parents should research circumcision and make an informed decision for the health & well-being of their son.

More information can be found at the following sites:

Megara Megara

You know what also prevents STD's, including HIV?  Not being a man-slut.

Christine Thompson

Megara, where is my like button!!!

When I was 8 I had an emergency appendectomy, should I therefore remove my children's appendices at birth to spare them?  And I had 2 root canals, lets just pull their teeth as soon as they cut them, so much easier than extracting an adult tooth. I suffer from regualr ingrown toenails, rip the suckers off!!

Do you see that none of this makes sense? Then why circumcise just to prevent something that can be prevented by practicing proper hygene and sexual safety. I've managed to make it to the ripe old age of 34 without contracting an STD, I figure my sons' can do the same.

Gigan... GigantaursMommy

When Europe has a higher rate of STD's and HIV then I'll believe these studies, but they don't and hardly anyone is circumcised over there. The USA has one of the highest rates of STD's and AIDS in the world and we also have one of the highest circumcision rates, maybe instead of focusing on cutting up our newborns penis' we should just teach them how to clean themselves and use a condom.

music... musicmomma_89

Bob - You lost your argument when wikipedia was your first reference source.

MamaK88 MamaK88

I still think the uncut ones are prettier. 

mommix4 mommix4

My sons are cut. Why? Cause it was MY choice. Don't want your sons to have it done? Don't. Why is this such a debate?

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