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February 1, 2012

Benefits of Male Circumcision

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University of California, San Francisco (Dr Klausner) (drklausner@hotmail.com); and University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (Dr Morris).

JAMA. 2012;307(5):455-457. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.60

To the Editor: Drs Tobian and Gray1 highlight the medical benefits of male circumcision, especially protection against infection with the sexually transmitted viral pathogens HIV, herpes simplex virus, and human papillomavirus. They suggest that if a vaccine with similar efficacy as male circumcision were available for those pathogens, it would be a “game-changing public health intervention.” However, the authors gloss over the additional benefits of circumcision of newborns in the prevention of urinary tract infections, chronic renal disease, balanoposthitis, balanitis, foreskin injuries, phimosis, and paraphimosis.2 Additionally male circumcision provides direct and lifelong protection against penile cancer and indirect protection against cervical cancer among future female sexual partners.3

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