As I mentioned elsewhere, the 33% US circumcision rate does not have data to back it up. The gentlemen from the CDC whom I spoke with both referred to a 43% figure, which was the average over the 3 years studied. While they did claim this represented a decline from 56% to 33%, no data to support the high point and low point were released. As such I think the ethical thing to do is to go no farther than the CDC's own claims, which are for a specific rate over a specific period. The 33% number is meaningless without hard data to support it.
My colleague was in the presentation where the figures were released to the public and discussed. I have jpegs of the 2 relevant slides, but I don't know how to post them here for all to see. Any ideas?
The gist is this: the CDC stated that in a 3-year period it studied from 2006 to 2009, there were 6,571,500 live male births in the US. Within the first 28 days/4 weeks after birth (the neonatal period), exactly 2,834,849 of these boys were circumcised. This is a 43.1385% circumcision rate.
This works out to:
2,190,500 boys born p.a. in the US during 2006-2009, on average
944,950 boys circumcised p.a. in the neonatal period, on average
There are 2 milestones here:
1. This is the first time in many years that fewer than 1 million American boys were circumcised annually, and
2. This is the first time in at least 60 years that the US neonatal circumcision rate has fallen below 50%.
Perhaps just as importantly, the CDC reported that among American males outside the neonatal period, total circumcisions performed between 2006-2009 were 258,189. These are circumcisions for ALL reasons, including medical need, perceived medical need, perceived prevention, convenience, peer pressure or vanity. According to the CDC, this works out to a 00.08% rate. It is unclear from their presentation whether this means under 1% of the total intact male population or under 1% of the total US male population. Either way, it shows how rare later circumcisions are, even in a population reported to have tremendous peer pressure to "get it done" to be "like the other guys". That seems to have been another bogus reason to cut a boy early.
If anyone knows how I can attach jpegs of the slides to a post here, please let me know. They would be small but clear, about 100K each.