More and more, parents are opting not to have their male babies circumcised. Statistics show that nowadays only about half of newborn males are circumcised. And researchers are suggesting that the trend could cost the healthcare system huge amounts.
Scientists believe that circumcision prevents sexually transmitted diseases by depriving pathogens of a moist environment. In Africa, researchers have found that uncircumcised men have a significantly higher rate of HIV.
Scientists at John Hopkins estimate that the low rate of circumcisions could result in extra healthcare costs as high as $211 million as the uncircumcised males become adults.
If the United States follows the trend of other countries and circumcision rates dip to 10 percent, researchers estimate that the extra healthcare costs for each uncircumcised male would be $313.