Uncircumcised boys and men may face more UTIs

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Hugh7 wrote:

This is nonsense – shroud-waving. How can one circumcision in four prevent a UTI when only about one boy in 100 ever gets a UTI – by the circumcision advocates’ own figures? (Meaning that more than 99% of circumcisions for this purpose are inevitably wasted.) This is a meta-analysis, a study of studies, which notoriously suffer from “garbage in, garbage out”. Meanwhile a Finnish study has found that “The risk of long-term consequences from childhood UTI seems to be very low.”

Prof. Morris has been a strident advocate of circumcision for a long time, latching on to every possible excuse to cut (the best) part off every baby boy’s genitals – and some highly improbable, like “to prevent zipper injury”. He is a molecular biologist, not a medical doctor, and he has misused statistics to promote circumcision before.

Dec 08, 2012 4:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
scottnassmd wrote:

This is a terribly disappointing headline given the weakness of the review conducted, as judged by the experts in unbiased review at Cochrane. Even if the data, once vigorously reviewed, held up to the same rate of infection reduction, it is medically unreasonable to use this information to guide patient care. Logic alone argues against cutting off a healthy body part of a healthy patient because it might lead to infection for which quick, cheap, effective therapy exists. No patient-centered public health advocate would choose to mount a campaign against UTIs through routine circumcision – unless, of course, such a campaign was funded by large pharmaceutical companies who rely on infant foreskin sales to develop highly profitable, extended-patent products. Those of us who are physicians must respect patient autonomy at all times and “first do not harm” as we have sworn to do. Informed consent of the parents must still include statements that there is no proven medical benefit to circumcision when compared to routine hygiene practiced by humans for at least thousands of years.

Dec 11, 2012 3:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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