This is where Im having trouble. How do I make a decision when everything is SO extreme from one side to the other?
I dont think Im up for videos yet, that my make me sick to watch a baby go through that.
It is really difficult to find unbiased research. Fanatical stuff from both sides is everywhere but it takes a lot to find real information. People hear "Circ to prevent AIDS!" They don't look into that study and see that is very specific to a region in Africa, that it has been retracted by one of the researchers, and that cleanliness and safe sex are much bigger contributers to STDs and AIDS than circumcision. Some people just don't really think about it. If circ prevented AIDS and STDs wouldn't the US and Israel have the lowest percentages of AIDS and STDs in the world?
I hear so many mothers saying they regret circing their sons and they wish they knew then what they know now. I make it my business to prevent that from happening to any mother or baby that I know. A lot of mothers that I've talked to have been very open to information about circumcision. The ones that do circ at least have the knowledge of pain relief so hopefully their sons won't suffer.
Sorry for the novel.
I hope I answered your questions. Yay for you for researching this very important issue for your son. MDC is a really great resource for information.
Feel free to PM me with any other questions!