Medical male circumcision is a one-time health intervention that provides men with life-long partial protectionn against HIV. Apart from reducing HIV infection, male circumcision decreases the risk of urinary tract infections; reduces risk of sexually transmitted diseases in men; protects against cancer of the penis and prevents inflammation of the glands and foreskin altogether.
Moreover, Male Circumcision also benefits women: improving hygiene, reducing STI’s, and reducing the risk of cervical cancer (Human Papilloma Virus – HPV). Men’s health is as much about women’s health when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases.
Most recently, results from a 5-year follow up study in Uganda showed that men who chose surgical VMMC were 70% less likely to be infected with HIV than men who were not circumcised. Similar results were reported from extensive follow-up studies in Kenya and South Africa.
Simply put, circumcision can save lives and plays a major role in turning the tide on AIDS.
More information can be obtained at www.malecircumcision.org