Would you get your son circumsized if it could prevent HIV?

@sedel1027 (17855)
United States
March 28, 2007 9:26am CST
Scientific studies are now showing that circumcision can help prevent the spread of HIV. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17822026/ My son from a previous marriage is circumsized. My current husband is, but is not to keen on having the procedure done on a child because it is not necessary. If science could prove this theory 100%, he would change his mind. If you are against it, does this change your mind or at least give you something to think about?
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@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
11 Apr 07
Not just because it can stop HIV, ofcourse circumcision is healthy, and HIV is not the only health threat that circumcision can thwart-for those who attach religious importance to it, you probably can see that crcumcision is value laden! Yes i will not hesitate any minute, to have my male children circumcised, mark my words, male children, not females!
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
9 Apr 07
I do not have a son, if I did howeve I would give serious consideration to having him circumcisized not because of religious reasons as there are no religious ones that would apply to me. I have heard of several studies done where this can decrease various health risks to men, and boys by being circumcisized, as a concerned parent I would have to do serious reasearch talk to qualified physicians and learn as much as I could. If as so many studies seem to indicate there is a pronounced increase in infections and health risks to uncircumcisized males then naturally I would want this preventative SAFE medical procedure done for my child.
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@Sailor (1161)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I believe in circumcision mostly because of cleanliness, but also because of the mental torture that women will put him through in the future.
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• United States
30 Mar 07
By being circusized will not prevent hiv. But, it will be cleaner, and prevent many infections and odors, unless he keeps himself very clean there. Also, the older a man is, the more painful it is. So, it should be done when born within a week.
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• Philippines
28 Mar 07
Part of our culture here in the Philippines is to let our young boys be circumsized. We believe that it's more clean to have them circumsized. So if study shows that it could prevent HIV, than all the more that boys will be circumsized here. :)
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I would get my son circumcised anyways because I think it is easier to keep clean when circumcised. If it could prevent the spread of HIV, then that is another advantage. Have your husband do some research on this issue. If there is a chance it can help against HIV, I would think he would reconsider.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
9 Apr 07
Those trials were seriously flawed and have never been published in a medical journal. Even in that article, the WHO "experts said men must be aware that circumcision is only partial protection against the virus and must be used with other measures." You also need to take into account that this is surgery, and infections can occur. Especially in countries where they don't have adequate sanitation. This doesn't change my mind one bit because I think it's based on flawed data and I believe babies are born with all their parts that they need and nothing needs to be barbarically cut off.
@sarr115 (19)
• Canada
8 Apr 07
Look up www.who.int and do a search on circumcision and AIDS. It definately helps reduce the spread of AIDs and other STD's by 60%. In fact the World health Organization is now recommending male circumcision as a way to help the spread of AIDS. I would have circumcised anyways as it helps prevent other infections and some cancer, not to mention it is easier to keep clean. Sara sarr115@yahoo.com