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4 Health Benefits Of Male Circumcision

The case of male circumcision has generated lots of arguments in the past. Circumcision is the surgical removal of some or all of the foreskin, it is an important cultural and religious practice for many people around the world. While some see it as barbaric, some see it as a necessity.

The American Academy of Paediatrics Task Force on Circumcision released a report in support of circumcision, saying that the benefits outweigh the risks of the procedure and below are some of their results.

Reduce the chances of HIV

It has been researched that circumcised males were 40-60% less likely to become infected with HIV than non-circumcised males. This means that circumcision could greatly reduce HIV rates in many countries in the world.

Reduce the chances of penile cancer

Circumcision appears to reduce the risk of penile cancer, although researchers are unsure why.  HPV contributes to the risk of penile cancer, so that is one likely reason.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Most UTIs in males occur during the first year of life. Circumcision reduced the risk of these infections, which can lead to hospitalization and invasive procedures in children.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

There is a possibly lower risk of men getting sexually transmissible infections (STIs) than men who are not circumcised. However, these studies have not been scientifically confirmed and safe sex practices are far more effective in preventing these infections.

The medical information provided in this article is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

 

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