As we all know from our high school sex ed classes–and some of you from experience– it’s a basic fact that some guys are circumcised, while others aren’t. It’s been long debated whether or not it makes too much difference in terms of sensation for guys, and for girls, whether they prefer a circumcised or uncircumcised dude is simply a matter of personal preference (and some don’t care either way).
For years, circumcision was performed not only because of certain religious beliefs, but also the idea that circumcision was more hygienic and lowered health risks. Then, in 1999, the American Medical Association claimed it was medically unnecessary.
However, this may not be as true as once believed. A new study has found that male circumcision can actually lower guys’ risk of getting certain STDs. The study states that circumcision lowers the risk of HPV (human papillomavirus) by 35 percent and herpes by 28 percent. Furthermore, the study confirmed a previous study that said circumcision lowers AIDS risk by 60 percent.
Based on the study’s findings, the researchers who conducted it believe that circumcision should be used to reduce sexually transmitted infections. Luckily for us, 79% of men in the U.S. have had that taken care of, as opposed to 30% worldwide.
However, just because the results of this study show that STD risks can be lowered by circumcision, it’s important to understand that there is still a risk of getting STDs from any sort of unprotected sexual activity. So even if your man is circumcised, wrap it up!