In a surprising announcement, the American Academy of Pediatrics concluded that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks involved with the procedure. This is a major shift from their previous stance that there is no clear evidence for or against circumcision, one they have stood behind since 1999.
Changing their stance, the AAP now states that circumcision helps baby boys immediately, such as reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. And in their later years, it reduces the risk of acquiring HIV or HPV, herpes, or other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as reducing the risk of spreading the virus to their partners.
But while the AAP recommends this as a beneficial procedure and urges insurance companies to cover the surgery, many critics are still unconvinced - likening it to female mutilation. Questioned is the limited research done to come to this conclusion, as well as the many benefits proposed in the last 150 years proved otherwise.
Read more on the new proposed guidelines HERE.
How do you feel about circumcision? Do you see it as a necessary precaution to take against future infections? Do you think the AAP's new stance makes sense? Or do you believe newborn boys should be left as they were born?