Pediatrics group no longer neutral on whether to circumsize boys

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by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 7, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

The American Academy of Pediatrics is no longer neutral on the subject of circumcising male infants.

The Academy believes that scientific studies show the risks of the circumcision procedure are far less than the potential benefits.

Benefits include significantly lower risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Circumcised baby boys have a lower risk of urinary tract infections in the first year of life, as well as reduced risk of a rare cancer of the penis.

Read Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson's latest Seattle Mama Doc post on the topic.

Related Links:

What Is Circumcision?
 
FAQ: Updated American Association of Pediatrics Policy on Circumcision

AAP Revised Circumcision policy
 
Seattle Mama Doc video and blog: "What Is A Foreskin?"

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