Scientists advocate for circumcision

In a new study that compared the practice to vaccination, an Australian-American team of researchers recommended circumcising infant males to prevent disease.

The team, led by Brian Morris of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney, asserted in its newly published study that half of uncircumcised males will contract an adverse medical condition caused by their foreskin.

“As with vaccination, [advising for] circumcision of newborn boys should be part of public health policies,” the three co-authors wrote in their study, whose main findings were published last week on the medical website

Morris and the study’s co-authors, Stefan A. Bailis of the University of Sydney and Thomas E. Wiswell, a neonatologist from Florida, wrote that a critical analysis of hospital discharge data in the United States showed that circumcision of infant males is becoming less common.

According to the study, the practice has declined from 83 percent in the 1960s to 77 percent by 2010, largely due to the increase in the Hispanic population, in which the practice is less prevalent.

In August 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a study suggesting that the procedure may protect heterosexual men from HIV and that the health benefits outweigh the risks connected to the procedure. — jta