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Ban on circumcision? ICCJ says: no!

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Written on: 20. 01. 2012 [13:23]
Dick Pruiksma
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registered since: 17.08.2010
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Please, share with us your comments on the ICCJ statement.
Written on: 07. 02. 2012 [12:53]
registered since: 18.12.2010
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Note for the forum concerning the ban on circumcision:
The medical benefits of circumcision

The swedish politicians who promote a ban on circumcision seem to ignore the medical benefits of circumcision which are now well established. Circumcision has been shown to reduce the mortality due to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) by about 50% in African men ! Actually in the USA, about 50% of men are circumcised, most of them belonging to christian or atheist families. The percentage is much lower in Europe, which is considered as being late in that matter ! In a recent report (1), we find interesting precisions: "The publication of three recent studies showing that circumcision of adult, African, heterosexual men reduces their risk for acquiring human immunodeficiency virus infection and other sexually transmitted infections has stimulated interest in the practice of routine newborn male circumcision (NMC) and the benefits it might confer for HIV prevention. In the United States, rates of in-hospital NMC increased from 48.3% during 1988-1991 to 61.1% during 1997-2000." Aready fifty years ago, we were taught during the first year of medical studies that male circumcision reduced the risk of uterine cervical cancer in women.
Thus circcumcision appears not only as a symbol of God's Alliance but also as an effective protection mean for preserving life.

Michel Sternberg, MD, PhD, prof. emeritus of medical biochemistry at the Descartes University in Paris

1 - Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011; 60: 1167-8