Medicine's Stance on Circumcision
In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a study that the preventative health benefits of infant circumcision clearly outweigh the risks. This is a result of emerging evidence that found links between circumcision and decreased risk of urinary tract infections, cancer, HPV, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Per the AAP press release: "The medical data shows that the procedure is safest and offers the most health benefits if performed during the newborn period. The AAP policy recommends infant circumcision should be performed by trained and competent providers, using sterile techniques and effective pain management."
The AAP study on baby circumcision is now also endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. The medical data on circumcision showed:
Up to 60% reduction of HIV risk
Up to 40% reduction of HPV infection
Up to 34% reduction of Herpes risk
Much lower risk of UTIs in the baby's first year
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