Here is my first draft. Any thoughts would be most welcome.
I recently learned that the AAP is currently beginning the process of revising its position on Routine Infant Circumcision. By reports I have read in the media, it seems that this revision is being spurred by the HIV/AIDS studies. I ask that the AAP also consider new research concerning loss of penile sensation resulting from circumcision.http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi...X.2006.06685.x
Volume 99 Issue 4 Page 864-869, April 2007
To cite this article: Morris L. Sorrells, James L. Snyder, Mark D. Reiss, Christopher Eden, Marilyn F. Milos, Norma Wilcox, Robert S. Van Howe (2007)
Fine-touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis
BJU International 99 (4), 864–869.
Given the increased dangers of drug resistant bacteria, I would hope the AAP considers taking a firmer stance on the risks of circumcision and points out the increased dangers of infection for infants. .
All the other statements on Circumcision around the world are much stronger in the wording on this procedure. One country that I know of has even outlawed the practice as a human rights violation. It seems to me that if they see how unnecessary this procedure is then the USA should also come to the same conclusion.
My husband suffers from very common circumcision complications of Routine Infant Circumcision, he has a skin bridge that causes him a some pain and he also suffers from a to tight circumcision were the scrotal skin is pulled up onto the shaft. I also know of several young boys who have had many complications ranging from buried penis, skin bridges to infections etc.
The newer trend in circumcision that leaves more foreskin behind has its flaws as well because of the way it looks some parents are choosing to have their son re-circumcised to look "right". More than a few boys are also being further traumatized by having the remaining foreskin torn loose were it has healed back to the glans.
I urge you to take the time and research this issue from all angles before releasing the new statement. It is not fair that so many boys go through this procedure that permanently alters the way their body works. Men like woman deserve the right to choose for themselves if they want their bodies altered. One death or complication is one to many when they can be totally avoided if the child is left Intact.