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Article: AAP to revise circumcision statement and release it in 6-12 months

I am so afraid right now.

The revision is sparked, of course, by the HIV/AIDS "studies":

"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."

Where to write ... ________________________________________
Jay E. Berkelhamer, MD, FAAP
President, American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Blvd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

* If you are a medical professional and have observed circs or dealt with complications, be sure to mention this.
* If you have a child, partner, or friend with circ complications, be sure to mention them. Example: "My son was circumcised in an Ohio hospital in 2000 and has a buried penis. He comes home from school crying because his peers tease him about it. " If it is a recent circ done in the USA be sure to mention place/date so we make the point that these complications are happening with current medical practice.
* Start your letter with "Dear sir"
* Less than one page is best, just make your point!

Hey, I was wading through the other thread about the AAP about to revise their circumcision statements, all 4 pages of it, and thought that it would be helpful to have these two posts reiterated for more people to see and get involved.
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