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|Sat, 10-10-2009 - 12:32am|
We NEED advocates for circumcision to debate the issue on this board.
The current media pressure in America to circumcise is fueled by the African 'studies'. The AAP and the CDC in the US are, by all accounts, due to publish their opinion very soon. I ask all of you to encourage pro-circumcision friends or acquaintances to post here and give their honest opinions. Please tell them we are here to debate, but we will all be understanding and willing to listen.
This is an opportunity to truly make opposite opinions influence us, if we are prepared to listen. This goes for both sides of the divide. Here is the link. For my part, I will quote one section and comment on it:
"In the UK rates are much lower and have been falling for decades. They stand currently at 16 per cent, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). But the UK Royal College of Paediatrics has no plans to follow its sister organisations in the US and Australia by setting up a taskforce to review the evidence.
Professor Terence Stephenson, president, says HIV is uncommon in the UK and there is little heterosexual transmission within the country, and no evidence that circumcision is protective in men who have sex with men. There is a vaccine available against cervical cancer currently being rolled out in a national campaign, which is expected to significantly reduce the toll from that disease and the incidence of herpes in the UK is substantially lower than in the US. "As a public health measure, I doubt if the college or the Department of Health would be pressing hard for the introduction of neonatal circumcision. To carry out 300,000 a year in the UK on the NHS would be a huge cost â€“ money which could be used for other things." If a parent asked for information about the benefits of circumcision, he would spell them out, he says. But there are drawbacks, too, including the discomfort caused by the procedure, the need for antibiotics and, rarely, complications such as bleeding."
Secular, male infant circumcision is nearer 2-6% in the UK. I suspect the 16% figure includes adult males. Also, Stephenson's response is clearly that of a medical professional who is required to offer a measured, objective reply. British parents have no such restrictions and would point to their life experience, denying even a single benefit of infant circumcision.
And - just as an aside - it's my understanding that Australia is currently advocating NO infant circumcision. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
"Education is the discovery of our own ignorance." Will Durant
"Almost any manmade phenomenon is explained by tradition, inertia - or both." Anon
Edited 10/13/2009 8:55 pm ET by cl-islaywhisky