Study: Circumcision lowers HPV risk for women

January 10th, 2011 - 8:56 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Jan 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Circumcision has been found to be a very important tool in preventing HIV infection from women to men. How the reverse is true has however not been found but researchers have managed to find out something else.

Scientists say a new study has revealed that circumcision significantly reduces the transmission of the human papillomavirus or HPV in both women and men. It was found after the test that circumcision reduces the risk of HPV transmission by as much as 28 percent.

The researchers though were quick to add that circumcision does not completely prevent the transmission of HPV so people should be careful about that.

The researchers selected participants who were all heterosexuals and HIV free. However, none of the men has had circumcision. The researchers randomly selected some of the participants and circumcised them while the others were left uncircumcised.

After some time, their HPV transmission was examined and it was realized that those that were not circumcised had 28 percent higher rate of HPV infection when they were compared with those that were circumcised. Those that were not circumcised were later also circumcised.

The study was published in the journal, Lancet on the 6th day of January.

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