Washington (ChatterShmatter) – Researchers have found that circumcisions are a key tool in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and because of that, they may now become even more common.
Researchers from Uganda carried out their study on 5,000 adults from the country, and were led by Dr. Thomas Quinn of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The idea behind the study was to follow these men and see how circumcision would impact their risk of getting a STD.
What they found was very promising, as the circumcision procedure greatly reduced their risk of getting an infection. The risk for things such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) decreased by 35% for men who were circumcised.
Likewise, the risk of being infected with herpes dropped 28%.
This is positive news and may actually spark a push for higher circumcision rates all across the world.
The study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.