I just received the July 2009 edition of American Baby magazine. I don't subscribe, they just started sending it to me. : I was flipping through and saw this blurb. Not an article, just a paragraph:
I am going to write them an email, and I encourage you to do the same.
Does anyone who has written a letter like this before have any additions? Besides the salutation and etc, I will add that when I send it.
|SHOULD YOU CIRCUMCISE?
If you're on the fence, it may help you to know that 79 percent of newborn boys are circumcised in the U.S. and they have a lower risk of developing urinary tract infections in their first year and STDs later in life.
Source: center for disease control and prevention
|I am disappointed that your magazine did not provide a more balanced overview of information about circumcision. You missed a big opportunity to mention that virtually all current policy statements from specialty societies and medical organizations do not recommend routine neonatal circumcision, and support the provision of accurate and unbiased information to parents to inform their choice.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says "Existing scientific evidence demonstrates potential medical benefits of newborn male circumcision; however, these data are not sufficient to recommend routine neonatal circumcision. In circumstances in which there are potential benefits and risks, yet the procedure is not essential to the child's current well-being, parents should determine what is in the best interest of the child. To make an informed choice, parents of all male infants should be given accurate and unbiased information and be provided the opportunity to discuss this decision." And regarding the transmission of STDs, the American Medical Association says "behavioral factors are far more important risk factors for acquisition of HIV and other sexually transmissible diseases than circumcision status, and circumcision cannot be responsibly viewed as "protecting" against such infections."
Also, your 79% statistic is from a study done in 1979; circumcision rates have declined quite a bit since that time. According to the National Hospital Discharge survey, in 2006 56% of boys born in the US were circumcised.