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|"We believe when there's this kind of information coming into play - more and more evidence in various journals - we need to go back carefully and review our policies," Berkelhamer said. "We recommend things for all children when medical evidence is overwhelming compelling."
The group's policy statement carry weight. Following AAP's 1999 statement on circumcision, Medicaid programs in several states began limiting coverage of routine, non-therapeutic circumcision, one of several factors contributing to a declining circumcision rate in the United States, health care experts say.
Berkelhamer, a pediatrician in Atlanta, said the organization's researchers are in the "literature review" stage, and that it's too early to know whether they plan to endorse routine circumcision. But he wouldn't go so far as to recommend the surgery to expectant or new parents, noting that he's "not terribly uncomfortable with policy as currently written."
|But he wouldn't go so far as to recommend the surgery to expectant or new parents, noting that he's "not terribly uncomfortable with policy as currently written."|
Why is the AAP considering amputative surgery on infants as a means to lower the incidence of an STD? This is just not making any sense to me. Who the heck knows if there will be a cure in 20 years when these boys enter the "at risk" population? And why advocate an "across the board" procedure for all boys when there is no way to determine during infancy if a boy will grow up to put himself at risk? I'm confused as to why this is even on the table.
I'm hoping against hope that this goes the right way.
SAHM to Melinda (Oct '03), Jacob (Aug '05), Alex (Apr '08), and Malcolm (Sept 29, '11)
Thinking out loud here....maybe would be best to see what NOCIRC and DOC are doing WRT this and what we folk can do to assist?
I suspect that they have all the proper channels that should be gone through and would be the best guides here.
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.
I sincerely hope the AAP remembers that circ has not really helped much with the AIDS problem in America so far.
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