Lower circumcision rates mean higher health costs, US study says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5776 (Published 28 August 2012)
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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Circumcision rates for male newborns are decreasing in the United States and will lead to higher health costs and more sexually transmitted diseases, according to a study from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions published in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.1

The study says lower circumcision rates will increase lifetime healthcare costs for men and women in the US, because of increased infections, including HIV. The 20 year decline in circumcisions has already cost the US $2bn (£1.3bn; €1.6bn), says senior study investigator Aaron Tobian.

“Our economic evidence is backing up what our medical evidence has shown to be perfectly clear. There are health benefits to infant male circumcision in …

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