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Tuesday, December 18th 2007

Keep Your Foreskin

The Australian Medical Association calls for the end of routine circumcision.

The Australian Medical Association has backed a call for laws banning the non-essential circumcision of infant boys.

“There were quite a lot of folk myths around the advantages of circumcision. They’ve almost all been debunked,” Prof Walters said.

“There are some minimal advantages in some circumstances, particularly in some infectious diseases, but they’re overwhelmingly balanced by disadvantages in other areas,” he said.

Granted the both the prevalence and incidence of male circumcision in the Untied States dwarfs that of Australia; so this call for no more circumcisions isn’t too ground breaking. In the United States currently between 55 and 60% of newborn males are circ’d (more that that in the hospital I did my newborn nursery rotation in) while Australia had an incidence of roughly 12% as of fifteen years ago.

[R]esearch, now under consideration for publication in the Medical Journal of Australia, cites an increase in the incidence of circumcision from 10.6 per cent in 1993 to 12.9 per cent for the year to date.


So Long?

Despite calls like this from many health care providers and groups, the medical benefit of circumcision remains a legitimate debate – mainly in nations with HIV epidemics.

(via Dr. Peter Rost via Reddit)

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