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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Registered: 08-07-2008
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 9:47pm

"Where is the reasoning behind the AAP's statement?"

You won't find it in the statement, that's for sure but it's mostly cultural conditioning. They also start with the erroneous premise that the foreskin has no value. A friend of mine recently blogged about this issue: http://www.chooseintact.com check out the most recent three posts. The middle one (second from the top written Monday I think) explains their thinking.

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

None unless they want it, which would preclude boys. Europeans seem to have a more relaxed attitude toward sexuality which I think allows people to live healthier sexual lives. Seek treatment, learn how to protect themselves ect. 

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