San Francisco considers cutting circumcision

A potential city-wide ban on circumcision in San Francisco has advocates for both cut and uncut penises in a heated debate. While some argue that the practice of eliminating an infant's foreskin is cruel, other say that the choice, which is often religiously motivated, is up to the parents.

According to HealthNews, if the bill passes popular vote in November, practicing circumcision on a male under the age of 18 would be considered a misdemeanor in the city, and could result in up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,000.

One author at Salon.com reached out to the male public to gain a better understanding of what men felt about the issue. Not surprisingly, uncircumcised men seemed proud and happy just the way they were, while those who had been circumcised as infants did not seem to pine after their forsaken foreskin.

According to the news website, some studies have shown that the loss of foreskin results in a decrease in sensation during sex, while other research indicates just the opposite.

Research published in the journal Pediatrics in 2006 found that men who are circumcised are likely to have a lower risk of developing an STD. The study also suggested that circumcision may be form of STD prevention, according to MSNBC.

Those who have not had their foreskin removed were more likely to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection at a rate of 2.66. The researchers also found that this rate remained the same even when taking into account the amount of partners each male had as well as whether or not the practiced safe sex.

Whether you're cut or au naturale, the choice to wear a condom when you have sex can greatly decrease the risk of developing an STD such as HIV, chlamydia or syphilis.  

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