While circumcision has long been known to help in the fight against AIDS, a new research has revealed that the practice can also help reduce the risk of cervical cancer among wives and girlfriends.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore conducted a test in which they found that those who were circumcised were less likely to transfer human papilloma virus or HPV which is the major cause for warts and cervical cancer.
AdvertisementThe test was conducted in Uganda over a period of three years, from 2003 and 2006, and researchers analyzed more than 1,000 women who were either married or had long-term sex partners.
They found that while more than 38 percent of women with uncircumcised partners were infected with HPV, the infection rate came down to less than 28 percent among those who had circumcised partners.
"Our findings indicate that male circumcision should now be accepted as an efficacious intervention for reducing the prevalence and incidence of HPV infections in female partners. However, protection is only partial; the promotion of safe sex practices is also important", the researchers wrote in their report which has been published in The Lancet.