Study: Circumcision Decreases HPV Transmission
January 11, 2011
by Sasha Emmons
A new study published in the medical journal The Lancet found that sexual partners of circumcised men had a 28 percent lower chance of contracting HPV, the highly contagious, sexually transmitted virus that often goes away on its own, but can cause genital warts and cervical cancer in women, as well as other kinds of cancer in both men and women.
The study followed nearly 1,000 women in Uganda, and compared the rates of HPV infection among those with circumcised and uncircumcised partners, 38.7 percent vs. 27.8 percent, respectively. "Our findings indicate that male circumcision should now be accepted as an efficacious intervention for reducing the prevalence and incidence of HPV infections in female partners. However, protection is only partial; the promotion of safe sex practices is also important," Dr. Maria Wawer and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore wrote.
Earlier studies have indicated that circumcision can reduce the spread of HIV.
Parents-to-be who are contemplating whether or not to circumcise, does this new study influence your decision?