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article imageCDC: Fewer baby boys getting circumcised

By Samuel Okocha     Sep 3, 2011 in Health
Data from three separate US national surveys show the number of baby boys circumcised in hospitals has dropped in the past ten years.
Three national surveys were analyzed to track changes in hospital rates of circumcision.
Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] were said to have carried out the analysis of the data from the surveys.
"In one survey, newborn male circumcision rates fell to 56.9 percent in 2008 from 62.9 percent in 1999," Reuters reports."In another, rates of circumcision fell to 54.7 percent in 2010 from 58.4 percent in 2001. In a third, rates fell to 56.3 percent in 2008 from 63.5 percent in 1999.''
Prior to this latest finding, U.S. hospitals had seen a 10-year sharp increase in circumcision rates.
Critics of circumcision say the process inflicts unnecessary pain.
Circumcision, which involves the removal of the foreskin, is highly practiced among the Jewish and Muslim communities.
The U.S. population had taken up the practice due to possible health benefits.
Advantages of circumcision reportedly include reduced risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and according to CDC researchers, three recent studies have shown that male circumcision decreases transmission of HIV.
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