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What about circumcision?

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Thomas
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Re: What about circumcision?

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Circumcision provides no obvious benefits, on the contrary it could be a cause of decreased sensitivity over time. Even if medical errors associated with circumcision are rare in Western countries they do occur and the risk of one single boy being mutilated and deprived of a future sexual function (or even his life in the worst case) is in my opinion reason enough to abandon this practice. When practiced in less developed countries the consequences can be disastrous: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-23378694
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Re: What about circumcision?

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The majority of men in the world (two-thirds) are NOT circumcised. And very few have the problems that have been mentioned here. The problem is we live in a country where most men have been cut, and we don't understand how to care for an intact penis. So most of the problems are because of parental ignorance, not an inherent problem with having a foreskin.
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Re: What about circumcision?

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I'm not sure it's necessarily true to say that circumcision confers no obvious benefits. There is a body of medical evidence to show that rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases are lower among circumcised men. This also seems to lead to a lower incidence of cervical cancer associated with the human papillomavirus amongst their female partners.
Having said that, outside of the US, circumcision is rare other than in the Jewish and Muslim communities. One therefore might expect that religious faith would be a confounding variable.

It's certainly true that it's perfectly possible to keep an uncircumcised penis hygienically clean, so there seem to be few benefits to circumcision for monogamous males.
The prevailing view in the medical literature seems to be that unless circumcision is performed therapeutically to treat a medical condition, that it is low risk and low benefit making it overall fairly neutral.
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