Circumcision Lowers HPV Risk In Women, Says Survey

January 8th, 2011 - 8:33 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
hpvJan 8, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Lancet medical journal reported on Thursday that the female partners of circumcised men had a 28% lower rate of infection with the human papilloma virus or HPV over two years. This virus is the main cause behind warts as well as cervical cancer. Dr. Maria Wawer and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore wrote that their findings show that today, male circumcision must now be accepted as an effective intervention to lessen the incidence as well as the prevalence of HPV infections in their female counterparts. They also said that, that type of protection is only partial. What is also important is the promotion of safe sex practices.

Researchers in Uganda undertook a survey and assigned men to circumcision randomly. Among the people who took part in the trial, all those who were married or long term couples or were HIV-negative, this particular surgery reduced the rate of transmission of high-risk Human PapillomaVirus (HPV) both in men as well as women. All men in the trial took the surgery, but there were a few who were randomly assigned to get the process done immediately. There were others who waited for another 2 years. During this time, HPV infection rates were monitored in both the men and their female counterparts. Women whose male partners underwent circumcision later had a 28% higher rate of HPV infection, in comparison to those who took it at the beginning of the survey. It could be noted here that these infections continued to be transmitted.

HIV and cervical cancer are the two very significant ailments that could be caused if circumcision is not performed. However it cannot be said that circumcision is the necessary-sufficient factor for the cause of these diseases.

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