Circumcision remains a passionate topic for those who feel the procedure either notably improves longterm health or is a less offensive way of saying genital mutilation. Now for the first time, the federal government has placed a horse in the race.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have released an official report draft and recommendation, coming out in strong favor of all boys getting snipped.
The language in the report is delicate, and stops short of saying definitively that parents should have their sons circumcised.
But the CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin, who oversees the agency’s programs on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, put it bluntly that, “the scientific evidence is clear that the benefits outweigh the risks.”
Their report is seven years in the making, and is a reaction to several similar studies in Africa that found circumcision to be impactful in fighting AIDS.
Rates of circumcision in the U.S. have been on the decline lately, so it will be interesting to see if this recommendation will have any effect on the future penises of America. It does seem to contradict a previous study that found circumcision doesn’t help gay men in the Western world much, but the new report seems to be focused on straight boys. Kinda hard to tell if an infant is straight, though.
The report also says that “doctors should start telling sexually active teenage boys who aren’t circumcised that if they have the surgery, they can reduce their risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections from their female partners,” but what about gay teenagers?
Also — teenage circumcision? Really?
What do you think — to snip or not to snip?