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That’s when having a health or patient advocate can help.
A health advocate can be a family member, friend, trusted coworker, or a hired professional who accompanies you to your appointments and asks questions, writes down information, and speaks up for you so you can better understand your illness and get the care you need.
In experienced hands, this common, inexpensive, simple procedure is very safe, and can be pain-free.
Although it can be performed at any age, the ideal time is early in infancy. The public health benefits are enormous, and include protection from urinary tract infections, that are common over the lifetime and often cause permanent kidney damage in babies, phimosis, paraphimosis, thrush, and inflammatory skin conditions such as balanitis and balanoposthitis, inferior genital hygiene, smegma, sexually transmitted HIV, oncogenic types of human papillomavirus, genital herpes, trichomonas, mycoplasma, syphilis and chancroid, penile cancer, and prostate cancer.
In women circumcision of the male partner provides substantial protection from cervical cancer, genital herpes, bacterial vaginosis (formerly termed "gardnerella"), possibly Chlamydia (that can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy), and other infections.
Circumcision has socio-sexual benefits and reduces sexual problems with age and diabetes.
(For more about hiring an advocate, see the sidebar on the next page.) Research shows that quality health care requires taking an active role in decisions about your care.
If you’re facing a difficult medical decision, it’s a good idea to bring someone with you who can help focus on your care when you’re not fully up to it As a doctor and a patient, I’ve seen how valuable it is to have "another set of ears and eyes" in the exam room.
If your advocate doesn’t know you well, be certain to let him or her know if your hearing or vision is limited.As such he is often invited by journals, book publishers, professional organizations and the news media for his comments or other contributions. (The author freely grants permission for others to copy and distribute this review, provided it is not for financial gain.Complete and accurate translation is also permitted.) • Guide for Parents (Australian) PDF • Guide for Parents (American version) (A4 Page Size) PDF • Guide for Parents (American version) (US Letter Page Size) PDF • Guide for Parents - Afr (Black) (A4 Page Size) PDF • Guide for Parents - Afr (Black) (US Letter Page Size) PDF • Guide for Parents (German) PDF • Guide for Parents (French) PDF • Guide for Parents (Spanish) PDF • Guide for Parents (Traditional Chinese) or (PRC; Mainland China) Benefits of circumcision - a guide for men • Guide for Men & Teens (English) PDF • Guide for Men & Teens (Dutch) PDF • Guide for Men & Teens (Spanish) PDF • Guide for Men & Teens (Hungarian) PDF Circumcision of males represents a "surgical vaccine" against a wide variety of infections, adverse medical conditions and potentially fatal diseases over their lifetime, and also protects their sexual partners.But there are instances when an advocate can be valuable.For example, if you’ve had a series of tests and you’re concerned the results may reveal a diagnosis such as cancer, you might want to bring an advocate with you to hear and discuss the results.