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Male Circumcision Reduces Risk Of Genital Herpes And HPV Infection, But Not Syphilis

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March 30, 2009
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Heterosexual men who undergo medical circumcision can significantly reduce their risk of acquiring two common sexually transmitted infections -- herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the cause of genital herpes, and human papillomavirus, which can cause cancer and genital warts, according to a new report. In the study, circumcision had no effect on their risk of becoming infected with the bacterium that causes syphilis.

Heterosexual men who undergo medical circumcision can significantly reduce their risk of acquiring two common sexually transmitted infections--herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the cause of genital herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cancer and genital warts, according to a report in the March 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). In the study, circumcision had no effect on their risk of becoming infected with the bacterium that causes syphilis, however.


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  1. Tobian, Aaron A.R., Serwadda, David, Quinn, Thomas C., Kigozi, Godfrey, Gravitt, Patti E., Laeyendecker, Oliver, Charvat, Blake, Ssempijja, Victor, Riedesel, Melissa, Oliver, Amy E., Nowak, Rebecca G., Moulton, Lawrence H., Chen, Michael Z., Reynolds, Steven J., Wawer, Maria J., Gray, Ronald H. Male Circumcision for the Prevention of HSV-2 and HPV Infections and Syphilis. New England Journal of Medicine, 2009; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa0802556

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NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "Male Circumcision Reduces Risk Of Genital Herpes And HPV Infection, But Not Syphilis." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 March 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090325180705.htm>.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (2009, March 30). Male Circumcision Reduces Risk Of Genital Herpes And HPV Infection, But Not Syphilis. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090325180705.htm
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "Male Circumcision Reduces Risk Of Genital Herpes And HPV Infection, But Not Syphilis." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090325180705.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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