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When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the United States offers woefully inadequate education. The proof is in the fact that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 19 million new STD infections occur every year. And, even more alarming, is that nearly 50 percent of these new cases happen to young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Not only that, but the American Social Health Association (ASHA) reports that half of all new HIV infections occur in teenagers.
Originally posted by Solomons
reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
You have nothing to compare it to though, so you will undoubtedly say such a thing. But hacking off a part of the skin which aids in sexual stimulation and is packed with so many sensitive nerve endings can only be a bad thing...it's like saying feeling a textured surface with gloves on is the same as doing so with bare skin
In conclusion, circumcision removes the most sensitive parts of the penis and decreases the fine-touch pressure sensitivity of glans penis. The most sensitive regions in the uncircumcised penis are those parts ablated by circumcision. When compared to the most sensitive area of the circumcised penis, several locations on the uncircumcised penis (the rim of the preputial orifice, dorsal and ventral, the frenulum near the ridged band, and the frenulum at the muco-cutaneous junction) that are missing from the circumcised penis were significantly more sensitive.
Phimosis, or preputial stenosis, is a term that usually means any condition where the foreskin of the penis cannot be retracted.
Most infants are born with a foreskin that cannot be retracted and the prepuce may be tight until after puberty.
A fully retractable foreskin occurs in 50% of ten year olds, 90% of 16 year olds and 98 to 99% of 18 year olds.
Causes of Phimosis
Phimosis can be caused by failure of foreskin to loosen during growth, infections such as balinitis, deformities caused by trauma and diseases of the genitals.
Originally posted by Bluesma
When I had my first child, my son, born in the US, the second day I was given a pile of papers and just told to sign them. Curious as I am I decided to read them first. I realized they were permision to do a circumcision on my son.
They hadn't even asked me about it! It was assumed and would be done whether I knew or not!
I chose not to, at the time I just couldn't fathom cutting anything off of this baby that was perfectly normal.
Two kids later, one another son, born in France...... I'm glad I didn't do it because in Europe, it is NOT the norm to be circumsized. It is only done for religious reasons. But when i had my second son, the nurses came to teach me how to care for and clean the penis properly, in the same way they come and offer advice about breastfeeding.
I was taught that the skin needed to be progressively pulled back, a bit more each day, for cleaning and to make it stretch and be able to stay back behind the head of the penis the rest of the time. Apparently that is common knowledge among mothers here, but nobody told me that and nobody knew, in the US.
My husband was not circumsized, and honestly? It was a long time after we began sleeping together that I knew it- and then only because he told me! An uncircumsized penis that has been properly "decolotté" doesn't look any different than a circumsized one! -And the skin does not stay covering the end and trapping in bacteria either.
The problem with the statistics on infections and such is that when the studies are done in countries that do not commonly leave a penis uncircumsized, they often don't know how to do this, or that it need to be done, and so......the statistics are flawed by the fact that you're dealing with a population that doesn't know how to do it properly!
It's the equivalent of a society that has for common practice the pulling out of all teeth as they appear, to avoid infection and cavities.... so has no idea how to brush and floss teeth. So the few that end up not having all their teeth pulled early on don't brush- and confirm the belief that teeth do nothing but rot and cause problems to the organism!edit on 6-10-2011 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by BIGPoJo
reply to post by av8r007
My dad is not circumcised, I am. My mom and dad made the decision for me and I am glad they did. If I have a son he will be circumcised, there is nothing you or anyone else can do to stop that.