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Do You Know the Facts About Circumcision?

The parents of a baby boy have one very big decision to make — whether or not to circumcise their son. Culture, religion, and personal preference all come into play, but how well do you know the medical facts about circumcision? Take this test and find out!
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Do You Know the Facts About Circumcision?

True or False: Circumcision and foreskin removal are the same thing.

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xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
Actually, it's not just HIV that can reduce the risk for - according to a 2009 study at U Washington, it also reduces the risk of HPV by 25% and the risk of herpes by 28%. So clearly, there is some medical benefit, albeit small. If I have sons, I will more then likely circumcise them as my boyfriend is circumcised. Also, I remember my brother having to have it done as a teenager because of an infection, and having to stay home in pain for days.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
Actually, it's not just HIV that can reduce the risk for - according to a 2009 study at U Washington, it also reduces the risk of HPV by 25% and the risk of herpes by 28%. So clearly, there is some medical benefit, albeit small.If I have sons, I will more then likely circumcise them as my boyfriend is circumcised. Also, I remember my brother having to have it done as a teenager because of an infection, and having to stay home in pain for days.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
"If circumcision is a "safe procedure", then why do children die from it or have to undergo sex changes?" When they say safe they are comparing it to the number of circumscisions performed and the number of deaths or injuries that occur due to it. I also think that the comparison of FGM and MC is a bit extreme. FGM completely alters that part of the woman's body not only in appearance but in function. Making a young girl infertile for life. This occurs in male circumcision only in very extreme cases. This is a personal choice for each family to decide. I do not think it is someone elses place to say whether a person is right or wrong for choosing or not choosing circumcision.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
"If circumcision is a "safe procedure", then why do children die from it or have to undergo sex changes?" When they say safe they are comparing it to the number of circumscisions performed and the number of deaths or injuries that occur due to it. I also think that the comparison of FGM and MC is a bit extreme. FGM completely alters that part of the woman's body not only in appearance but in function. Making a young girl infertile for life. This occurs in male circumcision only in very extreme cases. This is a personal choice for each family to decide. I do not think it is someone elses place to say whether a person is right or wrong for choosing or not choosing circumcision.
emmebeth emmebeth 7 years
I think it's cruel. But when I have a son I'll decide based on whether or not my husband is circumcised.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
ml66uk thank you for your posts on this subject, it is exactly what I wanted to say but in a better way. I honestly do not understand how people can defend cutting of a part of their son's psnis when it is not neccesary. Why would you cut in a healthy body? I also don't believe in piercing ears of children that have no idea if they want their ears pierced. It is not as serious as circumcision but stiil not right in my opinion.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
ml66uk thank you for your posts on this subject, it is exactly what I wanted to say but in a better way. I honestly do not understand how people can defend cutting of a part of their son's psnis when it is not neccesary. Why would you cut in a healthy body? I also don't believe in piercing ears of children that have no idea if they want their ears pierced. It is not as serious as circumcision but stiil not right in my opinion.
ml66uk ml66uk 7 years
Why is it a "human rights travesty" (and illegal) for the prepuce to be cut off a baby girl, but not for the prepuce to be cut off a baby boy? Did you read the first two paragraphs of post 16 btw?Frankly I find it absurd and offensive that people see a fundamental difference between cutting parts off girls and cutting parts off boys. How can we expect to stop female circumcision, while male circumcision is still considered acceptable? The countries that cut women don't see a difference.
ml66uk ml66uk 7 years
Why is it a "human rights travesty" (and illegal) for the prepuce to be cut off a baby girl, but not for the prepuce to be cut off a baby boy? Did you read the first two paragraphs of post 16 btw? Frankly I find it absurd and offensive that people see a fundamental difference between cutting parts off girls and cutting parts off boys. How can we expect to stop female circumcision, while male circumcision is still considered acceptable? The countries that cut women don't see a difference.
graylen graylen 7 years
My problem isn't with what other cultures deem acceptable. The Jewish and Christian cultures both deem circumcision acceptable. I realize that in some other cultures, female (sometimes called sunna) circumcision is also becoming the norm. My fault with the logic is the comparison to Female Genital MUTILATION which the World Health Organization states: "FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women." This is also supported by Amnesty Int'l. I feel that this is a human rights travesty to the women it happens to- especially the women who had it savagely and not medically done with no thought to their urinary needs or reproductive health. To have that thrown around as an equal to male circumcision in the US is absurd and offensive to me. I respect the viewpoints of others, but don't throw something like that around. In the US, you can go to prison for performing FGM. It's also illegal in Canada and 10 other industrialized nations. It's even illegal in many African countries. Male circumcision in the US is legal whether you agree with it or not. Stepping off my soapbox. ;)
graylen graylen 7 years
My problem isn't with what other cultures deem acceptable. The Jewish and Christian cultures both deem circumcision acceptable. I realize that in some other cultures, female (sometimes called sunna) circumcision is also becoming the norm. My fault with the logic is the comparison to Female Genital MUTILATION which the World Health Organization states: "FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women." This is also supported by Amnesty Int'l. I feel that this is a human rights travesty to the women it happens to- especially the women who had it savagely and not medically done with no thought to their urinary needs or reproductive health. To have that thrown around as an equal to male circumcision in the US is absurd and offensive to me. I respect the viewpoints of others, but don't throw something like that around. In the US, you can go to prison for performing FGM. It's also illegal in Canada and 10 other industrialized nations. It's even illegal in many African countries. Male circumcision in the US is legal whether you agree with it or not. Stepping off my soapbox. ;)
macgirl macgirl 7 years
Maybe I'm not reading the right magazines or watching the right TV channels but I am pretty sure I have never seen a pro circumcision advertisement. I've been the target of many condom ads though. I also didn't have any health professionals try and push circumcision on me as well. I did not choose to circumcise my boys for religious reasons. Their fathers who were both circumcised were who I consulted and in the end felt were the ones who had most of the say. I will say that my view could be skewed as I do live in America where it is the NORM and to not circumcise my sons could adversely affect them in their young adult life.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 7 years
I see you've made your point :medal: :rotfl:
ml66uk ml66uk 7 years
Anyone who thinks there is a fundamental difference between female circumcision and male circumcision needs to find out more about them. The Canadian Children's Right Council says the following:"It is the position of the Canadian Children's Rights Council that 'circumcision' of male or female children is genital mutilation of children." (go check their website)Some of the forms of female circumcision do less damage than the usual form of male circumcision, it's performed by doctors in some countries, and the people that do it use the exact same reasons to justify it. They don't see any difference either, and one of their main justifications is that if it's ok for boys, why shouldn't they be able to do it to girls. Try debating with bloggers in Egypt and Malaysia who've just had it done to their daughters, or are just about to. It's not that long ago that some girls were circumcised in the USA btw. It was promoted in the medical literature at least up until 1959, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield had a code for it up to 1977.As far as AIDS goes:1) circumcision can't help anyone unless they're having unsafe sex with an HIV+ partner.2) the two continents with the highest rates of male circumcision have the highest rates of AIDS (Africa and North America)3) There are six African countries where the intact men in those countries are *less* likely to have AIDS than circumcised men. If circumcision was so good, that just shouldn't happen.4) condoms work *way* better than any of the claims made for circumcision, so why are people not allowed to promote condoms, but hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to promote circumcision (it's actually because some people would prefer that people died than promote condoms, as they're against birth control).5) female circumcision seems to work against AIDS, but no-one would suggest promoting that.I'm not a huge fan of piercing babies' ears either, but that's not really comparable. Male circumcision removes the most sensitive part of the penis (it's not just there to protect the glans).What's wrong with letting people decide for themselves if they want part of their genitals cutting off? If my son wants to be circumcised later, I'll gladly pay for it and help him find the best surgeon. Until then, it's his body, and I don't have the right to have living tissue cut off him.Drops in male circumcision:USA: from 90% to 57%Canada: from 47% to 14%UK: from 35% to about 3% (less than 1% among non-Muslims)Australia: 90% to 12.6% ("routine" circumcision has recently been *banned* in public hospitals in all states except one, so the rate will now be a lot lower)New Zealand: 95% to below 3% (mostly Samoans and Tongans)South America and Europe: never above 5%
ml66uk ml66uk 7 years
Anyone who thinks there is a fundamental difference between female circumcision and male circumcision needs to find out more about them. The Canadian Children's Right Council says the following: "It is the position of the Canadian Children's Rights Council that 'circumcision' of male or female children is genital mutilation of children." (go check their website) Some of the forms of female circumcision do less damage than the usual form of male circumcision, it's performed by doctors in some countries, and the people that do it use the exact same reasons to justify it. They don't see any difference either, and one of their main justifications is that if it's ok for boys, why shouldn't they be able to do it to girls. Try debating with bloggers in Egypt and Malaysia who've just had it done to their daughters, or are just about to. It's not that long ago that some girls were circumcised in the USA btw. It was promoted in the medical literature at least up until 1959, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield had a code for it up to 1977. As far as AIDS goes: 1) circumcision can't help anyone unless they're having unsafe sex with an HIV+ partner. 2) the two continents with the highest rates of male circumcision have the highest rates of AIDS (Africa and North America) 3) There are six African countries where the intact men in those countries are *less* likely to have AIDS than circumcised men. If circumcision was so good, that just shouldn't happen. 4) condoms work *way* better than any of the claims made for circumcision, so why are people not allowed to promote condoms, but hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to promote circumcision (it's actually because some people would prefer that people died than promote condoms, as they're against birth control). 5) female circumcision seems to work against AIDS, but no-one would suggest promoting that. I'm not a huge fan of piercing babies' ears either, but that's not really comparable. Male circumcision removes the most sensitive part of the penis (it's not just there to protect the glans). What's wrong with letting people decide for themselves if they want part of their genitals cutting off? If my son wants to be circumcised later, I'll gladly pay for it and help him find the best surgeon. Until then, it's his body, and I don't have the right to have living tissue cut off him. Drops in male circumcision: USA: from 90% to 57% Canada: from 47% to 14% UK: from 35% to about 3% (less than 1% among non-Muslims) Australia: 90% to 12.6% ("routine" circumcision has recently been *banned* in public hospitals in all states except one, so the rate will now be a lot lower) New Zealand: 95% to below 3% (mostly Samoans and Tongans) South America and Europe: never above 5%
DesignRchic DesignRchic 7 years
I guess I'm a cruel mother then :oy:Well said graylen!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 7 years
I guess I'm a cruel mother then :oy: Well said graylen!
graylen graylen 7 years
I know it's not really the same thing, but a lot of cultures also pierce girl's ears at the baby stage as well, therefore altering the little girl without permission. Lots of parents let their kids eat and do all sorts of things I wouldn't let my kids eat and do. It's a matter of what the parent feels is right. I don't think parents that choose to circumcise should be blasted for cruelty to their child as they obviously believe it's okay, not to mention perfectly legal and in most cases, perfectly safe. As for Shadowdamage's question, I think that is an irresponsible comparison as FGM is, as it states in the title, mutilation- generally done at a much older age and in a savage way. Comparing someone who circumcises to someone who crudely mutilates a girl's genitals with little respect to the biology of the genitalia is uncalled for and wrong in my opinion.
graylen graylen 7 years
I know it's not really the same thing, but a lot of cultures also pierce girl's ears at the baby stage as well, therefore altering the little girl without permission. Lots of parents let their kids eat and do all sorts of things I wouldn't let my kids eat and do. It's a matter of what the parent feels is right. I don't think parents that choose to circumcise should be blasted for cruelty to their child as they obviously believe it's okay, not to mention perfectly legal and in most cases, perfectly safe. As for Shadowdamage's question, I think that is an irresponsible comparison as FGM is, as it states in the title, mutilation- generally done at a much older age and in a savage way. Comparing someone who circumcises to someone who crudely mutilates a girl's genitals with little respect to the biology of the genitalia is uncalled for and wrong in my opinion.
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
It's a personal choice and I woulnd't judge another parent for what they decided to do/or not do for their child. But the fact that the WHO said it can help lower the risk of HIV transmission it was a selling point. But that's just my take.
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