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Editorial
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Oct 2012

Infant Male Circumcision and Future Health Disparities

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs (Dr Leibowitz), and Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (Dr Leibowitz and Ms Desmond), University of California, Los Angeles.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(10):962-963. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1710

The health benefits of male circumcision (MC) have been extensively documented in observational studies1 and by randomized controlled trials in Africa showing that MC reduces heterosexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection from women to men by 55% to 76%24 and provides significant protection against human papillomavirus infection.5 Male circumcision is negatively associated with prostate cancer in men6 and with cervical cancer in female partners of men infected with human papillomavirus.7

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