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Circumcision’s Benefits Outweigh Risks, Doctors Say
The health benefits ofِ circumcision outweigh theِ procedure’s risks, andِ the operation shouldِ beِ covered byِ insurance, according toِ newِ recommendations fromِ anِ influential group ofِ doctors.
27) byِ the American Academy ofِ Pediatrics (AAP), sayِ the procedure’s benefits include reducing theِ risks ofِ HIV infection, urinary tract infection andِ penile cancer.
The previous policy mayِ haveِ influenced theِ percentage ofِ infants circumcised inِ the United States — inِ recent years, itِ hasِ declined — asِ well asِ insurance reimbursement forِ the procedure, according toِ theِ Centers forِ Disease Control andِ Prevention.
Hopefully the trend towards state Medicaid programs not covering circumcision will be reversed, Ellington said.
For theِ newِ policy statement, theِ AAP reviewed studies onِ circumcision conducted betweenِ 1995 andِ 2010.
Studies fromِ Africa showed thatِ circumcision reduces theِ risk ofِ acquiring HIV byِ 40 toِ 60 percent inِ men, theِ AAP says.
There isِ alsoِ good evidence toِ suggest circumcision lowers theِ risk ofِ human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, andِ infection withِ someِ strains ofِ genital herpes.
Acute complications ofِ circumcision, including infection andِ bleeding, areِ rare, andِ occur inِ aboutِ 1 inِ everyِ 500 circumcisions, theِ AAP says.
Circumcision does not appear to affect male sexual function or sexual sensitivity, the AAP says.
It isِ important thatِ clinicians routinely inform parents ofِ the health benefits andِ risks ofِ male newborn circumcision inِ anِ unbiased andِ accurate manner, theِ policy statement says.
Circumcision shouldِ onlyِ beِ performed onِ healthy infants byِ trained practitioners, andِ using effective pain management, theِ AAP says.
A study published earlier thisِ week suggested a significant decline inِ male circumcision rates couldِ lead toِ millions ofِ extra dollars yearly inِ health care costs, mainlyِ due toِ increased infections..