Researchers promote the benefits of circumcisions in STD prevention

Circumcision has become a hot topic in recent months as activists are trying to ban the practice, saying that it is against the child's rights as he cannot decide for himself and that it also reduces the sensitivity of the penis during sex. According to MSNBC, 18 states do not provide Medicaid benefits for circumcision and the city of San Francisco has tried to place a ban on the practice altogether. However, California governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill declaring that local governments in the state are prohibited from banning the procedure.

The medical community has been saying for years that circumcision can actually help prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as well as urinary tract infections. Many are now saying that the benefits highly outweigh any other drawbacks of the procedure.

"If a vaccine was available that reduced HIV risk by 60 percent, genital herpes risk by 30 percent and HR-HPV [cervical cancer virus] risk by 35 percent, the medical community would rally behind the immunization, and it would be promoted as a game-changing public health intervention," Dr. Aaron Tobian wrote in an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association, according to the news provider.

Tobian went on to say that if health insurance providers were to continue removing the practice from their benefits, that less males would receive the procedure due to high costs.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Tobian teamed up with Dr. Ronald Gray to analyze a number of studies that proved the decrease in risk of contracting an STD for a circumcised male. They noted that female partners of circumcised males may benefit as well, as they have a 48 percent lower risk of contracting trichomoniasis, a 40 percent chance of bacterial vaginosis and a 28 percent lower risk of the human papillomavirus.

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