Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Response to a page on Circumcision and HPV Risk

Response to this page on Circumcision and HPV Risk

http://www.everydayhealth.com/sexual-health/circumcision-and-hpv-risk.aspx

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"A Personal Decision" -- Parents forcing babies to become circumcised opposes the principle of personal decision. The child's penis is not the family's penis.

“I think there’s a good reason why it has stuck around,” -- Well, FGM has been around for a long time as well, hasn't it?

"Some also argue that: It reduces sexual pleasure in males." -- All you have to do is study the anatomy of the foreskin and you will see that it is not a belief, it's a fact that it affects male sexuality. Why do you think that institutions that promote circumcision NEVER talk about the functions and anatomy of the foreskin?

"It helps prevent foreskin infections." -- prevention by obliteration, good job! By the same logic we could amputate nipples to prevent paget's disease or breast buds to prevent breast cancer. What other parts of the body are we willing to give up to prevent conditions of those parts? Nails to prevent ingrown nails and fungal infections? Body parts in clearance.

"It helps prevent phimosis" -- Again, prevention by amputation. There are more conservative treatments for phimosis. We can prevent finger fracture by amputating fingers, how's that? Same logic!

"urinary tract infections" - How do uncircumcised males compare to females? How do we treat female babies with UTIs? What parts do we amputate from them to prevent the UTIs? Amputation is not proportional to the risk of a UTI.

"It is easier for men to practice proper genital hygiene." -- Yes, all of the 2 seconds that it takes to give a gentle pull to your member in the shower. Shouldn't we cut labia as well to facilitate genital hygiene? Or better, just teach everyone to wash properly. Are you sure you are not confusing physical hygiene with the moral hygiene of the Victorian doctors who promoted circumcision to cure masturbators back in the XIX century?

What about Gardasil for men?

And in fact, given that a condom is not full protection against HPV because there can be contact with parts of the skin not covered by the condom where the virus can reside, then how circumcision changes that, given that the treated area is precisely covered by the condom? That makes no sense.

"A Personal Decision" -- Parents forcing babies to become circumcised opposes the principle of personal decision. The child's penis is not the family's penis.

“I think there’s a good reason why it has stuck around,” -- Well, FGM has been around for a long time as well, hasn't it?

"Some also argue that: It reduces sexual pleasure in males." -- All you have to do is study the anatomy of the foreskin and you will see that it is not a belief, it's a fact that it affects male sexuality. Why do you think that institutions that promote circumcision NEVER talk about the functions and anatomy of the foreskin?

"It helps prevent foreskin infections." -- prevention by obliteration, good job! By the same logic we could amputate nipples to prevent paget's disease or breast buds to prevent breast cancer. What other parts of the body are we willing to give up to prevent conditions of those parts? Nails to prevent ingrown nails and fungal infections? Body parts in clearance.

"It helps prevent phimosis" -- Again, prevention by amputation. There are more conservative treatments for phimosis. We can prevent finger fracture by amputating fingers, how's that? Same logic!

"urinary tract infections" - How do uncircumcised males compare to females? How do we treat female babies with UTIs? What parts do we amputate from them to prevent the UTIs? Amputation is not proportional to the risk of a UTI.

"It is easier for men to practice proper genital hygiene." -- Yes, all of the 2 seconds that it takes to give a gentle pull to your member in the shower. Shouldn't we cut labia as well to facilitate genital hygiene? Or better, just teach everyone to wash properly. Are you sure you are not confusing physical hygiene with the moral hygiene of the Victorian doctors who promoted circumcision to cure masturbators back in the XIX century?

What about gardasil for men?

And in fact, given that a condom is not full protection against HPV because there can be contact with parts of the skin not covered by the condom where the virus can reside, then how circumcision changes that, given that the treated area is precisely covered by the condom? That makes no sense.

"A Personal Decision" -- Parents forcing babies to become circumcised opposes the principle of personal decision. The child's penis is not the family's penis.

“I think there’s a good reason why it has stuck around,” -- Well, FGM has been around for a long time as well, hasn't it?

"Some also argue that: It reduces sexual pleasure in males." -- All you have to do is study the anatomy of the foreskin and you will see that it is not a belief, it's a fact that it affects male sexuality. Why do you think that institutions that promote circumcision NEVER talk about the functions and anatomy of the foreskin?

"It helps prevent foreskin infections." -- prevention by obliteration, good job! By the same logic we could amputate nipples to prevent paget's disease or breast buds to prevent breast cancer. What other parts of the body are we willing to give up to prevent conditions of those parts? Nails to prevent ingrown nails and fungal infections? Body parts in clearance.

"It helps prevent phimosis" -- Again, prevention by amputation. There are more conservative treatments for phimosis. We can prevent finger fracture by amputating fingers, how's that? Same logic!

"urinary tract infections" - How do uncircumcised males compare to females? How do we treat female babies with UTIs? What parts do we amputate from them to prevent the UTIs? Amputation is not proportional to the risk of a UTI.

"It is easier for men to practice proper genital hygiene." -- Yes, all of the 2 seconds that it takes to give a gentle pull to your member in the shower. Shouldn't we cut labia as well to facilitate genital hygiene? Or better, just teach everyone to wash properly. Are you sure you are not confusing physical hygiene with the moral hygiene of the Victorian doctors who promoted circumcision to cure masturbators back in the XIX century?

What about gardasil for men?

And in fact, given that a condom is not full protection against HPV because there can be contact with parts of the skin not covered by the condom where the virus can reside, then how circumcision changes that, given that the treated area is precisely covered by the condom? That makes no sense.

"A Personal Decision" -- Parents forcing babies to become circumcised opposes the principle of personal decision. The child's penis is not the family's penis.

“I think there’s a good reason why it has stuck around,” -- Well, FGM has been around for a long time as well, hasn't it?

"Some also argue that: It reduces sexual pleasure in males." -- All you have to do is study the anatomy of the foreskin and you will see that it is not a belief, it's a fact that it affects male sexuality. Why do you think that institutions that promote circumcision NEVER talk about the functions and anatomy of the foreskin?

"It helps prevent foreskin infections." -- prevention by obliteration, good job! By the same logic we could amputate nipples to prevent paget's disease or breast buds to prevent breast cancer. What other parts of the body are we willing to give up to prevent conditions of those parts? Nails to prevent ingrown nails and fungal infections? Body parts in clearance.

"It helps prevent phimosis" -- Again, prevention by amputation. There are more conservative treatments for phimosis. We can prevent finger fracture by amputating fingers, how's that? Same logic!

"urinary tract infections" - How do uncircumcised males compare to females? How do we treat female babies with UTIs? What parts do we amputate from them to prevent the UTIs? Amputation is not proportional to the risk of a UTI.

"It is easier for men to practice proper genital hygiene." -- Yes, all of the 2 seconds that it takes to give a gentle pull to your member in the shower. Shouldn't we cut labia as well to facilitate genital hygiene? Or better, just teach everyone to wash properly. Are you sure you are not confusing physical hygiene with the moral hygiene of the Victorian doctors who promoted circumcision to cure masturbators back in the XIX century?

What about gardasil for men?

And in fact, given that a condom is not full protection against HPV because there can be contact with parts of the skin not covered by the condom where the virus can reside, then how circumcision changes that, given that the treated area is precisely covered by the condom? That makes no sense.

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