We recently circumcized our son Leo. In the process there´s always the doubt as to whether, in so doing, one is simply continuing with a barbaric tradition or if it actually makes sense in this day and age to circumcize a child. Well, I feel better after reading this article on the subject in the NYTimes. It seems that circumcision actually halves H.I.V. risk.

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euronerd on December 14, 2006  · 

Uh,~shivers~, it should only make you feel better if you expect your son to behave irresponsible in his sex life.
It only reduces aids risk for men that do not use condoms. And it doesn’t reduce risk for females at all.
Quite some preoccupation while reading the article, right? I’d say a good education does a better job than circumcision.

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Thomas Kenyon on December 14, 2006  · 

Abrahams covenant with god aside, there are plenty of other reasons to circumcise your children.

As noted in the original text, Martin didn’t have his son circumcised to help protect him from Aids.

It’s fair enough that the medical benefits can be a persuasive argument.

The foreskin is a very sensitive site with regards to the introduction of a range of infections.

As far as education is concerned, I’m sure Leo will get the best education money can buy. (Ideology dependant).

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tiberiofonero on December 14, 2006  · 

(funny :))) : “help protect him from Aids” that is not true and it is impossible…)

I would let ALL boy to decide it when they are around 16-18years old. Their body and their life.

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Iggy on December 14, 2006  · 

What will you do if after growing up, he resents you for circumcising him? If you had opted not to, you could simply tell him to go get it cut. However, since you did cut him, there’s no going back.

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