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Experts Question Drop in Newborn Circumcision

Experts Question Drop in Newborn Circumcision

POSTED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 8:47am

In the 1970's and 80's, nearly 80 percent of newborn boys in the U.S. were circumcised.

Now, the number stands at about half as parents struggle with the decision to have their boys circumcised and funding for the procedure has been eliminated from many government insurance programs.

Experts are concerned because a new study finds lower circumcision rates may lead to higher medical costs.

Clinical trials have shown men who are not circumcised have higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

"If our rates continue to decrease to those seen in Europe at approximately 10%, our financial expenditures will exceed 4.4 billion dollars, this is approximately $313 per every missed procedure, or missed male circumcision," said Aaron Tobian, M.D., Ph.D. 

Experts say the out-of-pocket costs of circumcision are around $250. The American Academy of Pediatrics has not recommended routine circumcision for infant boys -- but is said to be revising their stance on the issue later this month.


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Back in the day I ran the circumcising machine at the local hospital. The pay was decent and I always had the chance to get a head.

As for it reducing STDs, it can have the opposite effect by discouraging condom use. It may offer up to 60% protection against HIV, but condoms offer nearly complete protection. There are pushes now to circumcise adult men in Africa, despite the fact that surveys are showing that significant numbers of African men believe that if they are circumcised they no longer need to wear condoms.

And I have heard no news of the AAP reversing their position, just that they will be updating their opinion. No medical association or organization has ever recommended routine infant circumcision.

This is full of misinformation! A circumcised penis takes the same or more care throughout life - I don't know where they got the costs of leaving boys in tact. The only potential medical care needed due to leaving boys in tact would be if parents were not educated and cared for it wrongly (like by retracting the foreskin to clean, which should not be done. The in tact penis can be cleaned by wiping it like a finger.)

The inner male prepuce has about 20000 special touch and stretch pleasure nerves.  The female equivalent may have similar. All genital tissue has value.  Few that have it would ever cut it off.
In the real world natural penis men get hIV at the same rate as men that have had parts of their penis cut off and parts of their sensory system shut down. 
No one should force this,  we must not pay for this and we must not "urge" this.  

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