The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement on circumcision. It points to new scientific evidence, tying circumcision to a lower risk of HIV, genital herpes, human papilloma virus and syphilis.
But the AAP says the benefits aren't great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all newborn boys. The risks include pain, infection, or minor scarring.
The academy says the decision should be made by parents and doctors.
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