Circumcision gets the tick of approval

New research from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) which evaluates 10 years of evidence has found that newborn male circumcision is beneficial to both the person in question and their future partners.

The benefits outlined by the AAP include the prevention of urinary tract infections, acquisition of HIV, transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, and penile cancer. The study also looked into whether circumcision affected penile sexual function and satisfaction and found no adverse affects during the evaluation.

The research from this study is at odds with the statement published in 2010 by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, which declared that the benefits did not warrant routine circumcisions.

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Opinion – Monkey see, monkey do

Circumcision, and the decision of parents to have their child undergo this operation, is a mystery to many. Yet I believe it is rather simple. We are taught when growing up that we don’t want to stand out from the crowd and to be normal is to be desired. It is the instinct of a father that his child should be the image of him.

I am still very young in years and less than a decade ago cast my first vote on who would become our next prime minister. I followed the vote of my parents, as I didn’t have a clear view at that time and many of my acquaintances were casting their vote the same way. It was not until I gathered more information and a better understanding of Australian politics and the parties involved that I broke away and made my own decisions. The same is true for many parents with circumcision.

Circumcision was the norm in Australia up until the 1970s and since then, there has been a drastic change in the thoughts of Australians, with parents opting to get their children circumcised, now in the minority.

From the research I have read over the past week about circumcision, the benefits do sound worthy of the operation, but not essential.

How did you decide whether to circumcise your children? Should the benefits of circumcision be promoted by doctors?

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).