August 28, 2012
U.S. Pediatricians Group Sees Benefits in Newborn Circumcision
The American Academy of Pediatrics, an influential U.S.
pediatricians group, says in a new policy statement that the health benefits of
circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks, The Associated Press reports.
The group stops short of an endorsement, saying the decision should be up to
parents. The group also urges health insurance companies to cover the procedure
because it reduces the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as
well as urinary tract infections and penis cancer. The new policy adds to the
debate whether circumcision is medically necessary or a cosmetic procedure.
U.S. circumcision rates are declining, but nearly half of baby boys still get
circumcised. About 18 states have eliminated Medicaid coverage of circumcision.
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