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20 March 2008

Circumcision only stops some STIs

While there is compelling evidence that circumcision protects men from contracting HIV, it is unclear whether circumcised men are at lower risk of other STIs, researchers say.

Circumcision does not appear to shield men from certain types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) common in the developed world, according to new research from New Zealand.

Most common infections
The most common STDs reported were genital warts, Chlamydia and genital herpes. There was no statistically significant difference in rates of STIs even after the researchers adjusted for sexual behavior and socioeconomic factors.

Another recent study from New Zealand found that circumcision appeared to halve the rate of STIs among men up to age 25, Dickson and his colleagues note. However, they add, that study was done in a smaller group of individuals with a lower rate of STIs than that reported in the current study, while fewer men in that group had been circumcised.

Journal of Pediatrics, March 2008. – (Reuters Health)


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