Who should be circumcised - boys or men?

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Registered: 01-06-2002
Who should be circumcised - boys or men?
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 7:46pm

As we all know, the AAP has now recommended that parents should consider circumcision for their boys - based on the erroneous African studies a few years ago.

In Tanzania male circumcision usually costs the equivalent of $10-17 in a country where 36% of the 44m population lives on less than $2 a day. But free adult circumcision is being supported by a $40m fund from the American government. Under the programme the aim is to circumcise 2.8 million men by 2015 - using female nurses who's training is being fast-tracked for lack of enough male doctors.

Thankfully, this does not include boys who are are not yet sexually active - which is significant when compared with the AAP's predilection for infant circumcision. Where is the reasoning behind the AAP's statement?

Men or boys... or none at all? If the foreskin harbours STDs why are British and European populations so sexually healthy, by and large?

Christopher

P.S. This is a repeat of my post on the Intact Foreskin Support section.

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Wed, 01-01-2014 - 5:32pm

Fellowtraveler, it's good to see you posting again, by the way.

Yes, the link you gave does explain their thinking - thank you. Also, if we consider the matter objectively, the AAP had every reason to condemn the foreskin as valueless. It adds weight to their recommendation for parents to seriously consider circumcising their boys.

I also noted the old belief that uncircumcised (sic) boys suffer more UTIs in the first year of life, trotted out yet again! I'm sick and tired of having to stress that this is patently not true. It was based on a badly flawed American study many years ago. English baby boys are positively protected against UTIs by their foreskins!

Your remark about Europeans having a more relaxed attitude toward sexuality is perceptive, Fellowtraveler. And it's so easy to seek treatment for any penile issues without resorting to foreskin removal as the first remedy.

Christopher

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