It's not as if every single man in the world is circumcised. In the United States where the prevalence of circumcision is high, people are largely unaware that in most parts of the world fewer men and boys are circumcised than those that are.
Hotly debated with regard to overall health and wellbeing, transmission of AIDS/HIV, and sexual performance in general, there seem to be virulent, if sometimes understudied arguments on either side of the circumcision fence.
According to a new Danish study, orgasm difficulties are actually more likely for men who have been circumcised. In addition, the partners of circumcised men reported more frequent dissatisfaction in having their own sexual needs fulfilled by their partners.
This included orgasm difficulties as well as painful sexual intercourse. It should be noted that in Denmark only about 5 percent of men are circumcised.
Another ongoing hotbed of contention is the issue of PE, or premature ejaculation. Since this issue is largely underreported and undertreated, its association with circumcision remains to be explored in depth.
The aim of the Danish study was to find out if there was indeed a correlation between PE and circumcision. It was determined that no conclusive evidence could be found at this point and that further study is needed.
Another area of strong opinion but little hard scientific evidence is the issue of HIV transmission as it relates to circumcision. There have been numerous articles in American media about claims that circumcision prevents HIV transmission.
There are few mainstream media articles that have reported an opposing view.
While opinions are valued, there needs to be sensitivity to the cultural, socio-economic and religious practices associated with families making the decision either to circumcize or not circumcize their newborns.
Particularly in African regions, where the spread of HIV is rampant, the importance of addressing ethico-legal concerns that such assumptions may raise cannot be overestimated.