The Circumcision Discussion - page 82

by jmspeach

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I know this can be a HUGE debate, and I'm not looking to start any arguments. I was just wondering as you are OB nurses. I'm expecting a boy in July and not sure if we should circ. or not. My husband says yes, it's better... Read More


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    Personal feelings about circ aside, my fear is that any study relating it to a drop in HIV incidence will equate to an increase in risky behaviors. "I can do whatever I want, I'm circumcised."

    Also, I am concerned that we are talking about reducing risk of HIV in countries whose gov'ts cannot even ensure that people have clean drinking water. And we are going to encourage (and trust) them to perform surgery using sterile technique on a massive scale? I just do not see it being all it's been made out.

    Not to mention that the study had some serious design flaws to begin with.
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    I would imagine the incidence of HIV would drop dramatically if all little boys would have thier entire penises surgicaly removed. We would have to work out some other solution for procreation but if getting rid of HIV is your only goal- snip away. Personally, I resent the fact that my parents were pressured into agreeing to having an unnecessary surgical amputation performed on me to meet some obscure societal norm.(I'm Baptist- no Mohel involved). I don't remember having a foreskin but I want it back! I'm glad the need for this barbaric practice starting to be reconsidered. Cutting off the parts of the body that tend to harbor infection is a poor alternative to hygiene education.
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    Quote from suanna
    I would imagine the incidence of HIV would drop dramatically if all little boys would have thier entire penises surgicaly removed. We would have to work out some other solution for procreation but if getting rid of HIV is your only goal- snip away. Personally, I resent the fact that my parents were pressured into agreeing to having an unnecessary surgical amputation performed on me to meet some obscure societal norm.(I'm Baptist- no Mohel involved). I don't remember having a foreskin but I want it back! I'm glad the need for this barbaric practice starting to be reconsidered. Cutting off the parts of the body that tend to harbor infection is a poor alternative to hygiene education.
    :yeahthat: YES! I agree!
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    Quote from aislstarfish
    however, i will not dismiss the data just because of how i feel about the situation and that there may be other factors involved. thank you for pointing that out to me
    and i realize my opinion on this matter is just that, an opinion! i might be way off base, and know that being circ'd got my sons a lot of stares at the (naked) baby pools in europe.

    i freely admit that my hygiene issues are colored by both the biblical (am catholic, not jewish, but hear it all the same) and the personal "ick" factor from the previously mentioned old boyfriend (who had poor hygiene overall).

    i defer the decision to parents who make an informed choice....but again state my support for the plasti-bell over all other procedures if the choice is made to circ.
    Last edit by BlueRidgeHomeRN on Jul 15, '08 : Reason: clarification
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    Quote from suanna
    I would imagine the incidence of HIV would drop dramatically if all little boys would have thier entire penises surgicaly removed. We would have to work out some other solution for procreation but if getting rid of HIV is your only goal- snip away. Personally, I resent the fact that my parents were pressured into agreeing to having an unnecessary surgical amputation performed on me to meet some obscure societal norm.(I'm Baptist- no Mohel involved). I don't remember having a foreskin but I want it back! I'm glad the need for this barbaric practice starting to be reconsidered. Cutting off the parts of the body that tend to harbor infection is a poor alternative to hygiene education.

    In either this circ thread or one of the many ones here I mentioned that I asked my two adult sons what they thought of circumcision and would they rather I had been able to persuade their dad into NOT doing it and both were appalled!! They both said they would be very unhappy with me if they were not circ'd.

    I think it has to do with where you grow up - there was only one boy not circ'd here and he got teased.

    If it was the reverse, they would probably change their mind. Or not.

    But my adult sons are glad they were circ'd. The don't want their foreskins back.

    I'll have to wait on the 6 year old - he has no idea yet.


    steph
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Jul 15, '08
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    My European friends are, across the board, appalled that this is even thought about, much less practiced here.

    Anecdotally, from a Finnish friend: "We believe the prepuce is there for a reason and we leave the damn thing alone." (her words)

    From a German friend: (wrinkles her nose) "Why do you all do that?"
    (They ask me about my job, and I tell them. I don't go around bringing it up to everyone I know.)
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    I am glad to say my boys have all their boby parts that they were born with one day the USA will wake up and the truth will be out the population (who I do not blaim) have been brain washed into circs because it makes money last year 4.1 million babies were born in the usa - say half were boys and 90% get circ @ 120$ approx a snip got work it out - circ has nothing to do with anything except the cash made from it. Every single year this money is made imagine the loss in revinue if circ stopped. The truth is it is a violation in the human rights of a child - but nothing is done about it.
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    Quote from Belinda-wales
    I am glad to say my boys have all their boby parts that they were born with one day the USA will wake up and the truth will be out the population (who I do not blaim) have been brain washed into circs because it makes money last year 4.1 million babies were born in the usa - say half were boys and 90% get circ @ 120$ approx a snip got work it out - circ has nothing to do with anything except the cash made from it. Every single year this money is made imagine the loss in revinue if circ stopped. The truth is it is a violation in the human rights of a child - but nothing is done about it.
    ITA, but try ~$400 a snip. My son also has all his body parts- thank goodness my British ex-pat friend was pregnant with a boy at the same time I was and we talked about it.
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    Quote from Spidey's mom
    ..... They both said they would be very unhappy with me if they were not circ'd.

    I think it has to do with where you grow up - there was only one boy not circ'd here and he got teased.

    If it was the reverse, they would probably change their mind. Or not.

    But my adult sons are glad they were circ'd. The don't want their foreskins back.

    I'll have to wait on the 6 year old - he has no idea yet.


    steph
    Admittedly there was only one boy not circ'd in my gym class in high school and the other kids made his life a living hell but it still dosen't change the fact that I wish medical society/society in general would not have pressured my parents and EVERYONE elses parents to get thier little boys' members trimmed.
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    Quote from suanna
    Admittedly there was only one boy not circ'd in my gym class in high school and the other kids made his life a living hell but it still dosen't change the fact that I wish medical society/society in general would not have pressured my parents and EVERYONE elses parents to get thier little boys' members trimmed.

    Even so, I have to say that my boys are still adamant that they do not want their foreskins back and don't think it is a big deal and wish their mom would stop asking them questions about this. . . .


    steph
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