Friday, August 28, 2009

Australia: No Change in Circumcision Policy

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) finally released this statement on Routine male infant circumcision:

"When considering routine infant circumcision, ethical concerns have focused on recognition of the functional role of the foreskin, the non-therapeutic nature of the operation, and the psychological distress felt by some adult males circumcised as infants. The possibility that routine circumcision contravenes human rights has been raised because circumcision is performed on a minor for non-clinical reasons, and is potentially without net clinical benefit for the child."

In another paragraph, it talks about the possible health benefits (HIV or UTI), and the frequency of these conditions, the level of protection offered by circumcision and complication rate of circumcision do not warrant a recommendation of universal circumcision for newborn and infant males.

"One reasonable option is for routine circumcision to be delayed until males are old enough to make an informed choice."


Great Job Aussies!

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