Latest Circumcision News Could Change Parents' Minds

baby feetWhen you have a baby boy, parents are faced with the decision of whether to circumcise or not. Currently, according to the CDC, circumcision rates are down in the United States with many parents foregoing the procedure. Many of those people call themselves intactivists. Others choose to circumcise for religious reasons.

Some parents know right away what they will do, while others aren't sure and are looking at research to help them decide. There is a new study with the latest information for those parents to take into consideration.

In a study of men in Kenya where circumcision is not common, it was revealed that men do not take part in riskier sexual behavior after they have been circumcised. AIDS is a huge issue in Africa and circumcision has been shown to reduce risk of being infected. But the concern was that the men would get a false sense of safety and put themselves in risky situations where they can contract AIDS because they thought being circumcised was a form of protection. This didn't happen -- there wasn't an increase in risky behavior. What also ended up happening is protective behaviors like using condoms went up especially among those who were circumcised. The awareness itself created even more awareness. 

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Finally something is being said about circumcision that won't worry us even more. This can be a tough decision for parents -- for many reasons. And with much more focus on it now, there may be generations of boys asking their parents why they choose to have them circumcised or not. The revelations in this study, along with the other information out there, may be what parents point to when discussing this with their kids when they are older.

Does this change your mind about circumcision? What are your thoughts?


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Robin Hartman

It just seems weird that human beings would be made with parts that need to be cut off after birth. I'm not buying it, I Iike to keep my boys intact. They are free to cut off body parts when they are 18, if they want to.

AliPa... AliParker

I don't think there is an throng that could come out in a study or elsewhere that would cause me to slice off a part of my newborns body. I think it's disgusting and cruel but if you do it that's your problem. I wouldn't put anyone down (except in my mind) but I can't understand the parents that do this.

miche... micheledo

So, basically we should NOT circumcise our baby boys and wait until they are adults.  Then have them circumcised as men so that they will be more aware, better educated, and more careful of their sex life!

GOT IT!  Is this the new recommendation?  'Cause that is what this study is basically saying.  Or will circumcising them as an infant bring about the same thing?  The baby will have an inherent knowledge of 'safe sex' and be more cautious as an adult?

Jeana... JeanaJaybird

I honestly do not believe that this information will sway anybody's decision one way or the other lol ..

arlis... arliss123

Nope. 85% of the world's men are intact. 85%.

nonmember avatar blue

Why on earth do so many people sit around telling other people about their status of their kid's genitals. Creepy.

Paul James

No it does not, in fact, that the author would use such arguments to justify it implies to me they have already made the decision and are looking for justification now.
Indeed any child growing up today with any sense will question why his genitals were torn up at birth to protect him from a disease that as an adult he will never be able to blame on his parents for and STD he got of his own free will. He will wonder why they didn't let him have the free will when it came to his body though.
Picture it, hey mom, why did you rip up my genitals?
that's likely to happen
Picture this, mom why didn't you circumcise me so that after I had unsafe sex with a prostitute in Kenya, I "might" not have gotten HIV?
what is the line from that new movie..where they've removed emotions from the population...Angelica Huston says, "If you give people the freedom to choose, they choose wrong."
I will bet this mother circumcised her child and is now desperately looking to justify it and avoid her guilt.

nonmember avatar anonymous

@arliss, and 85% of the world's men are gross.

Gary Harryman

Just so we all know what is being talked about, here is a 60 second review of Human Genital Anatomy #101: Neurologically, the four most specialized pressure-sensitive cells in the human body are Meissner’s corpuscles for localized light touch and fast touch, Merkel’s disc cells for light pressure and tactile form and texture, Ruffini’s corpuscles for slow sustained pressure, deep skin tension, stretch, flutter and slip, and Pacinian corpuscles for deep touch and detection of rapid external vibrations. They are found only in the tongue, lips, palms, fingertips, nipples, and the clitoris, and in the crests of the Ridged Band at the tip of the male foreskin. These four specialized cell types process tens of thousands of information impulses per second and can sense texture, stretch, vibration, and movement at the micrometre level. These are the cells that allow blind people to "see" Braille with their fingertips. Cut them off and, male or female, it's like trying to read Braille with your elbow as a veritable symphony of sensation is downgraded dramatically and the victim is sub-normalized for life. Google The Ridged Band and The Lost List.

Laura Palmer

yep. still not sorry I did it. 

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