An Australian-American team of researchers recommended circumcising infant males to avoid diseases in a new study that compared the practice to vaccination.

The team, led by Brian Morris of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney, asserted in their newly published study that half of uncircumcised males will contract an adverse medical condition caused by their foreskin.

“As with vaccination, circumcision of newborn boys should be part of public health policies,” the three coauthors wrote in their study, whose main findings were published last week on the medical website mayoclinicproceedings.org.

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a study suggesting that the procedure may protect heterosexual men from HIV and that the procedure’s health benefits outweighed the risks.

In response, dozens of European physicians — mostly from Scandinavia — wrote a letter alleging that “cultural bias” was behind the academy’s pro-circumcision stance.

Ritual circumcision of boys under 18 has come under attack in northern Europe in recent years, with several political parties and medical associations, mainly in Scandinavia, decrying it as a form of child abuse.

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