New CDC guidelines: Health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks

December 3, 2014 12:08 AM

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Uncircumcised men and the parents of newborn boys should be informed that the health benefits of circumcision are “dramatic” and the risks of the procedure are “low,” according to proposed guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The draft guidelines, published Tuesday in the Federal Register, emphasize that decisions about circumcision should take “personal, cultural, religious and ethical beliefs” into account. But doctors or other healthcare providers should be part of the conversation by offering “comprehensive counselin...

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