According to researchers, circumcision not only reduces risk of HIV infection, but also lessens odds of contracting genital herpes.
Bertran Auvert, MD, professor of public health at the University of Versailles outside Paris, and colleagues conducted study involving more than 4,500 participants.
The study authors found that HSV-2 prevalence in uncircumcised aged between15 and 49 was 30.8% compared to 17.1% among circumcised men, implying that circumcised men have a significantly lower risk of contracting genital herpes compared to their uncircumcised counterparts.
The researchers also found that after circumcision risk of getting infected with herpes simplex virus reduced by approximately 27%.
The clinical trials, carried out in Orange Farm, South Africa, revealed that there was a striking drop in HIV infection in circumcised men. As the news of the study spread, almost 50% of the local males rushed to their neighbourhood medical care facilities for circumcision.
"This study shows that the rollout of male circumcision can have a [significant] short-term impact on the spread of HSV-2 among men", the lead study author said in a press conference, adding that the findings are independent of sexual prejudices specific to religion or culture.
"We don't hear enough about the long-term benefits at the population level from circumcision. This is really important news that confirms what we have learned in the past about [circumcision's] effect in reducing HIV infection, but also [shows] that it is a multipurpose technology that is... preventing HSV-2. The fact that it is doing so much for men in preventing HIV and other infections is a story that is not being told enough", said Dr Sharon Hillier, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh.Add Comment
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