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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 19, 2011

Trends in In-Hospital Newborn Male Circumcision—United States, 1999-2010

JAMA. 2011;306(15):1651. doi:

MMWR. 2011;60:1167-1168

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The publication of three recent studies showing that circumcision of adult, African, heterosexual men reduces their risk for acquiring human immunodeficiency virus infection and other sexually transmitted infections1-4 has stimulated interest in the practice of routine newborn male circumcision (NMC) and the benefits it might confer for HIV prevention. In the United States, rates of in-hospital NMC increased from 48.3% during 1988-1991 to 61.1% during 1997-2000.5 To monitor trends in in-hospital NMC during 1999-2010, CDC used three independent data sources (the National Hospital Discharge Survey [NHDS] from the National Center for Health Statistics, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample [NIS] from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Charge Data Master [CDM] from SDIHealth) to estimate rates of NMC.* Each system collects discharge data on inpatient hospitalization.