CDC: Health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks

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SEATTLE — A new proposal by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that uncircumcised men and the parents of newborn babies should at least consider circumcision, stating that the benefits of the procedure are “dramatic” while the risks are “low.”

Draft guidelines of the CDC’s recommendations on circumcision were published Tuesday.  According to the LA Times and multiple studies, the new guidelines take into account that men who are circumcised are less likely than their uncircumcised peers to get an STD through vaginal sex.

Being circumcised also reduces the risk of getting HIV from a female partner by 50 to 60 percent.

Circumcision can also cut the risk of genital herpes, and of getting cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus.  Studies have also found that sex with circumcised men is safer for women, the LA Times reports.

When doctors perform newborn circumcision, the risk of problems during the procedure is less than 0.5%, according to a  CDC analysis, the LA Times reports.

Still, draft guidelines published by the CDC Tuesday emphasize that circumcision should take personal, cultural, religious and ethical beliefs into account when making a decision.

The CDC is taking public comments on the proposed guidelines. They may be made here.


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  • Joseph Lewis

    If someone told me “Circumcision has benefits, but you still have to wear a condom,” I’d ask them, “So then what’s the whole point of getting circumcised?” No, seriously. Even if we were to believe the “research,” and it’s actually heavily flawed, circumcision would only prevent HIV by “60%,” whatever that means. (60% of one’s life time? 60% of every time you had sex? 60% of the 1.5 years it took for the “trials” to take place?) Could you imagine someone trying to sell a parachute that worked only 60% of the time?
    Circumcision is ineffective at preventing HIV transmission. So ineffective is circumcision at preventing HIV or any other STD, that circumcised men must still be urged to wear condoms, which which do the actual protection.
    The whole CDC report can be summarized as thus; get circumcised, or wear condoms. The choice is easy; skip the mutilation, go for the condoms. They know this, so guess what? They’re targeting infants who can’t refuse.
    The CDC report ought to be rejected for the self-serving hogwash that it is. It’s time to demand American medicine drop the whole circumcision liberation campaign. It’s a waste of millions, and it hurts our kids.

    • Crissty

      I couldn’t agree with you more. I never got my two boys circumcised. I would get nightmares from hearing their heart wrenching screams of pain. It really is mutilation, and babies really don’t have a say in all this crap!!

  • Stephanie

    I don’t agree with this. I would recommend, if you decide to circumcise your son, wait for at least a week. Baby’s livers don’t make the clotting factors they need. So they don’t bleed to death. I work in L&D, and recently assisted with a circumcision. They were discharged and came back the next day because he wouldn’t stop bleeding. That poor baby. That is the worse thing I have ever seen. It broke my heart because it may affect this little guy later in life. Scarring or maybe worse. In this case, a plastibell was used and those hardly ever have issues with bleeding.

  • Jeff Stenson

    It’s bullshit. What’s the point of genital mutilation if you still have to wear a condom? Also girls are more prone to UTIs and they arn’t being circumcised. Oh yes because circumcision is medical quackery

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