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Circumcision May Reduce Risk of STDs

both for adults and for newborns -- should be provided in all areas with a high prevalence of heterosexual HIV transmission.

In the U.S. circumcision policies are being reviewed. The American Academy of Pediatrics is looking at whether there is sufficient evidence to recommend routine neonatal circumcision.

"In the United States, rates of circumcision are declining and are lowest among black and Hispanic patients, groups in whom rates of HIV, herpes, and cervical cancer are disproportionately high," Golden and Wasserheit note.

The Tobian study, and the Golden/Wasserheit editorial, appear in the March 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

 

By Daniel DeNoon
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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