There has been a significant amount of research done over the past 15 years about the health benefits of male circumcision and how it correlates to reducing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The Center for Disease Control, commonly known as the CDC, reviewed clinical trials that took place in Africa between 2005-2010. The CDC concluded that not only does male circumcision reduce the risk of HIV in heterosexual intercourse, but it can also reduce the risk of other STIs, such as genital ulcer disease (GUD) and human papilloma virus (HR-HPV). The CDC is careful to state that while adult circumcision reduces the risk of acquiring HIV and other STIs, it does not eliminate the risk entirely. Therefore, sexually active adults must be careful to practice safe sex and should consider other preventative measures, like how many partners one has and the use of condoms.
The CDC lists other benefits of circumcision. Male circumcision lowers the risk of urinary tract infections in men of all ages. Moreover, circumcised men are less likely than uncircumcised men to get penile cancer. For more information about the CDC’s findings and recommendations, click here. It’s important to have a professional perform the circumcision to ensure a safe procedure and healthy recovery. The Center for Circumcision is available for free phone consultations and to answer any and all questions about circumcision.
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