(New York, NY) ‒ Researchers performing a clinical study on over 800 African American men found that circumcision does not prevent STIs (sexually transmitted infections). The most important factor was the number of sexual partners.
Researchers say their results throw into question commonly held beliefs about the connection between circumcision and STIs, which they say are largely based on extrapolations from studies performed on men in Africa. These African studies and their policy implications, which includes the recent reversal of the American Academy of Pediatrics' circumcision policy statement, were widely criticized by a consortium of doctors and human rights organizations.
The latest American study was performed by urologists from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Researchers will be presenting their study next week during the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, held conjointly with the International Federation of Fertility Societies. The annual meeting began earlier this afternoon in Boston and will continue through to next Friday, October 18th.
Researchers did not test for HIV in this study. They did not respond to our email inquiries.