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Pediatric Group Says Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

The new stand by the American Academy of Pediatrics could affect how doctors view the procedure.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its stand on the circumcision of baby boys, saying new studies indicate that the benefits of the procedure now appear to outweigh the risks.

Though stopping short of actually recommending the routine circumcision of infant males, the leading pediatrician group now says that decision should be left up to parents. The group previously had taken a neutral stand on the issue.

As the leading pediatric group in the country, the AAP’s positions on health care issues influences pediatricians and can sway insurance companies on which procedures they will cover.

The AAP announced its new position on circumcision in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, saying circumcision appears to reduce the risk of HIV and other diseases, including cancer.

“Evaluation of current evidence indicates that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks; furthermore, the benefits of newborn male circumcision justify access to this procedure for families who choose it. Specific benefits from male circumcision were identified for the prevention of urinary tract infections, acquisition of HIV, transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, and penile cancer. Male circumcision does not appear to adversely affect penile sexual function/sensitivity or sexual satisfaction.”

The AAP’s announcement comes at a time when circumcision, a procedure in which the foreskin is removed from the penis, appears to be falling into disfavor among parents. Circumcision rates in the U.S. have fallen in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Dick Scalper August 29, 2012 at 04:15 AM
They brand men like a herd of cows. American men are such wimps to let their sons be subjected to this absurd surgery. If it were women tied down & cut, the Feminists would be howling all over the world. The male genitals are a cheap commodity. There is no argument too absurd for the circumcisers. They insult the appearance of the intact penis, claim that circumcision heals everything from body warts to HIV, and draw an illogical distinction between female & male genitals. Circumcision is the mark of a slave, my friends. Top Ten Tortures Less Painful Than Circumcision 10. Get knocked out by Mohammed Ali. 9. Pull out your fingernails. 8. Eat a pile of steaming bear crap. 7. Skin yourself alive. 6. Fall into a vat of molten iron. 5. Get run over by a train. 4. Go through a sausage grinder. 3. Saw off your legs. 2. Poke out your eyes. 1. Go To Hell ~Dick-Scalper

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