In addition to HIV, male circumcision has been shown to reduce other STDs. Herpes and HVP contagion were reduced in men and the female partners of circumcised men had a lower risk of bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. Since STDs are a significant problem in the United States, there may be societal benefits for male circumcision.
Opponents of male circumcision have a strong and passionate voice against genital mutilation performed without the consent of an infant. They say it is an unnecessary procedure that can affect sexual satisfaction and has its own risks. Anecdotal reports about circumcision are strong on both sides of the argument.
It should be noted that there are NO HEALTH BENEFITS FOR FEMALE CIRCUMCISION OR GENITAL MUTILATION. IT IS A DANGEROUS PROCEDURE FOR GIRLS AND SHOULD BE STOPPED.
The cultural reasons for male circumcision are long entrenched and there does not seem to be an outcry from adult men who were circumcised as infants and are resenting or regretting it.
The medical evidence for male circumcision is growing with these new studies that show both individual and public health benefit. Parents should be provided with information derived from evidence-based medicine about the risks and benefits of male circumcision so they can make an informed choice for their children.