Study shows circumcision reduces infection of HPV, Herpes and HIV
New data from an African trial is showing reduced contraction rates for both HPV and herpes. This same study showed the reduction of HIV transmission by 50%. Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse neonatal circumcision. As a result of this new data the Acamdemy is reviewing its guidelines.
Circumcised heterosexual men are 35% less likely to contract human papillomavirus (HPV) and 25% less likely to catch herpes than their uncircumcised counterparts, according to the study, published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine.
The study, led by scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Makerere University in Uganda, relied on data from the same randomized control trials in Africa that already showed that circumcision cuts in half the risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can cause AIDS.