Circumcision Not Recommended

Research on whether or not circumcision protects from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is inconclusive, and studies of STDs are contradictory. A large cohort study in New Zealand1 found no significant difference, contrary to a previously published, but smaller and less balanced, cohort study2 that claimed to find a difference. The author of the earlier study admitted that his result had been overthrown by the second one. A large study of British men found no difference.3

There are known, effective ways to avoid these diseases including: hygiene, vaccines, and safe-sex practices. Performing surgery on an infant one day after birth in order to protect him from a disease he can’t contract until he begins having sex many years later is ethically questionable and risky.

This information has been reviewed by our panel of experts and other trusted advisors, however, it is not a substitute for professional medical, legal, or spiritual advice.

  1. Dickson NP, Van Roode T, Herbison P, Paul C. Circumcision and risk of sexually transmitted infections in a birth cohort. J Pediatr. 2008;152(3):383-7
  2. Fergusson DM, Boden JM, Horwood LJ. Circumcision status and risk of sexually transmitted infection in young adult males: An analysis of a longitudinal birth cohort. Pediatrics. 118(5):1971-7
  3. Dave SS, Johnson AM, Fenton KA, Mercer CH, Erens B, Wellings K. Male circumcision in Britain: findings from a national probability sample survey. Sex Transm Infect 2003;79:499-500
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