There is an understandable sense of urgency and haste to find a solution to the HIV pandemic and this haste may take the place of real scientific evidence of circumcision and its health benefits.
This may mean that ethical concerns are given less importance and focus. Such haste may also obscure the need to be attentive to local cultural sensitivities, which vary from one African region to another, in formulating policy concerning circumcision.
In the West, many people feel that the circumcised penis is more aesthetically pleasing, more attractive and "cleaner" looking. These views can tend toward discrimination against men and boys with uncircumcised penises and much of the attitudes presented toward the health issues facing uncircumcised men and boys may stem more from this bias than from any real evidence on the subject.
There are those who claim greater sexual satisfaction both visually and physically with circumcised penises but this is a subjective view and not to be confused with actual fact.
With proper hygiene practices, boys can learn to take care of themselves and avoid any troubles with their uncircumcised penises, so the worry over cleanliness and infection is greatly overexaggerated in many instances.
Indications for Circumcision. Retrieved from the internet on February 2, 2012
Medical Studies on Circumcision
Circumcision Resource Center
Retrieved from the internet on February 2, 2012
Aimee Boyle is a regular contributor to EmpowHER
Reviewed February 2, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith