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New Policy Supports Choice for Male Circumcision

Doctors Say New Studies Show Benefits of the Procedure Outweigh Risks

Circumcision Cuts Infections, STDs continued...

The new policy statement also says the benefits of circumcision warrant coverage by third-party payers like Medicaid and insurance companies.

“This is very good news,” says Aaron Tobian, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine, pathology, and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md. Tobian is one of the researchers who estimated the economic consequences of continuing declines in circumcision. He was not involved in drafting the new policy.

“It is important that we remove all barriers to the procedure. This will allow parents to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with their physician, and make an informed decision,” Tobian says in an email to WebMD.

The risks of circumcision include bleeding and infection. “There are potential health benefits,” Brady says. “In situations where parents believe it’s in the best interests of their child to be circumcised, we would hope that they aren’t denied that opportunity because they can’t afford it.”

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